preventive-and-general-dentistry

Preventive and General Dentistry

Preventive Care – Thorough oral exam, digital x-rays with less radiation, intra-oral pictures allowing you to see the state of your teeth, and home care education are key for us working together so you can have a life-time of healthy, beautiful smile.

Sealants to Minimize Cavities – Sealants are a great way to minimize tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of teeth. It is simple, fast, painless procedure that does not require numbing. Usually all healthy back teeth are candidates for sealants and the American Dental Association recommends that sealants be placed as soon as the first adult back teeth erupts, usually at the age of 6.

White Tooth Fillings for Cavities or Replacing Silver Fillings – Tooth colored fillings are our preferred filling material whether you have cavities or want to replace your old silver fillings (amalgams). We believe in conservative care and beautiful, white fillings can help us achieve this.

Laser Dentistry

Solea is the first FDA approved laser that allows us to do numerous procedures including fillings conservatively with no vibration, noise, and for most patients, no need for numbing because it’s comfortable, fast, and easy. We love to see you happy and think you’ll appreciate the difference.

Same Day Crowns

When you need a crown because your tooth or filling has chipped, broke, or can no longer hold another filling, an all porcelain crown can be fabricated in our office in about 2 hours from start to finish. You will no longer need a temporary, come back weeks later to cement the permanent crown or have to be numb again. We love see you happy and get back to your life quickly.

Invisalign and Braces

We offer traditional and white braces as well as Invisalign. Dr. Kim was also recognized by Invisalign as a Premier Provider.

Invisalign invisibly straightens your teeth with a series of custom-molded aligners.

Forget everything you’ve heard about teeth straightening. Because now there’s breakthrough technology that lets you get the smile you always wanted without bands, brackets, or wires.

A Clear Alternative – By using a series of clear removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth right before your eyes. Change them about every two weeks, and your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until they have moved to the final position your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed. Comfortable to wear, our aligners are also removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.

Less Treatment Time – A typical Invisalign case takes about a year from start to finish. You’ll see your doctor every month or two to see how you’re progressing. Every few visits, you’ll be given additional aligners to continue your treatment. Commonly, the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but treatment time and the number of aligners will vary from case to case.

Invisible. And Comfortable. – Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution. So you won’t draw undue attention to your mouth while in treatment. In fact, virtually no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell. Comfortable to wear, our aligners are also removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.

Look Your Best During Treatment – Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It’s successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites. In fact, an Invisalign Certified Orthodontist or Dentist can use Invisalign clear aligners in all or part of just about any treatment plan.

Is Invisalign For Me?

Invisalign is clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile. No wonder Invisalign is the choice of over half a million people.

  • Unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings
  • No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth
  • Most people won’t notice you’re wearing aligners
Will Wearing Invisalign Aligners Affect My Speech?

Some people are affected more than others, but most adjust in a short period of time to the feeling of the aligners and do not have permanent changes in their speech.

How Often Will I Have To Wear My Aligners?

Invisalign only works while you’re wearing the aligners. It’s recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush, and floss your teeth.

Does Invisalign Really Work?

Yes. In orthodontic and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can determine the price of treatment. It is typically in the same range as ordinary metal braces, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 or more, depending on the requirements of your case.

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Any insurance plan that covers orthodontics should cover Invisalign.

Cosmetic Dentistry

One of the first things people notice is your smile. – If chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are “hiding” the real you, it’s time for a smile makeover.

A beautiful smile can brighten your life, both professionally and socially. Unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a major operation. The results are immediate and dramatic. Starting with healthy teeth and gums, we can perfect your smile through porcelain restorations, veneers, whitening, and other state-of-the-art treatments. Come in for a consultation and discover the many ways we can give you a youthful, attractive, natural looking smile!

Veneers – When teeth require changes in their shape or contour, veneers may be the answer. By placing veneers, small or misshapen teeth can be built up to regain a more natural appearance, spaces between teeth can be closed by making the teeth wider and teeth that are too short can be lengthened.

The veneer is actually a thin piece of porcelain similar in size to a fingernail. Once it is “bonded” onto the tooth it becomes extremely strong. The result is a restoration that mimics natural, beautiful tooth structure. Once in place, it looks, feels, and functions just like a regular tooth. Porcelain veneers can also be used to correct teeth that have been worn from clenching and grinding.

Porcelain Crowns – Same day in about 2 hours: Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or tooth-colored fillings. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost. However, there comes a point where there is little tooth structure to hold a filling. That’s normally when a crown is needed. The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth.

The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.

Onlays & Inlays – Same day in about 2 hours: Inlays and Onlays are small porcelain pieces that replace lost tooth structure. They are beautiful, strong, and allow us to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.

Teeth Whitening – Zoom Whitening is a safe, comfortable, and effective teeth whitening treatment that will brighten your smile for years to come. While you are watching a movie, your teeth can be professionally whitened. So in just about 2 hours, you can have a whiter, brighter smile.

Sedation / Sleep Dentistry

Many people find a visit to the dentist to be a terrifying experience. The sound, smell, and tastes associated with dental care makes some so anxious that they forgo dental care completely. But how would you feel about coming to the dentist if you could be completely comfortable? Perhaps all you need is a little laughing gas, or a sedative pill or ‘nap’ for a few hours while your dentistry is being done? With our board certified anesthesiologist who constantly monitors your well-being, your safety is assured. This allows our dentists to focus their complete and undivided attention on you.

Sedation dentistry is a solution for those who have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fear of dental work
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Poor gag-reflex
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
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