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Questions & Answers

What is aesthetic dentistry?

Aesthetic dentistry is a multifaceted approach to the enhancement and harmonious blending of facial form, function, contour and color. It is cosmetic dentistry stretched beyond its limits. Aesthetic dentistry is a true consideration of all aspects of the teeth, surrounding structures and facial features while allowing creativity and artistic impression to enter the equation. While utilizing the latest advancement in technology, technique and material, it is possible to achieve results that are natural and absolutely life changing. Aesthetic dentistry is an art form than requires experience and extensive training beyond the basic dental education. Dr Rader has graduated from the world’s prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.

How do I know if my dentist is an aesthetic dentist?

It is virtually impossible to know unless you can see the results and criteria for yourself. Look at the credential, educational background and actual work performed by the dentist. Aesthetic dentistry is much more than making teeth white or using the term cosmetic in an office description. As to see examples of before and after cases performed on actual patients and completed by the dentist. Talk with other patients the dentist has performed similar work on, and find out how their personal experience was and how the dentistry looks.

Aesthetic dentistry is much more complicated that appearance alone. It is comprehensive in nature, and is much about what we can’t see as it is what we can see.

How many visits will it take to change my smile?

A smile rejuvenation is an incredible thing. Using the latest advancements in dental technology, we can now significantly alter the appearance of misaligned, discolored and misshapen teeth in as little as two visits. The extents to which this can be performed, as well as the time frame depend on the severity of each individual case. Commonly referred to as “instant orthodontics”, the option of aesthetic dentistry often supersedes that of traditional orthodontics due to the difference in time. The possibilities are absolutely amazing. Reserve your cosmetic consultation and allow yourself the chance to see what changes can be made in just a few short weeks.

What can be done if my teeth are discolored, rotated or missing?

Using the latest advancements in dental technology, we now have options and opportunities at our disposal that never even existed. Newer, faster, stronger, more effective alternatives to traditional style dentistry, allow patients the option to never be inconvenienced or hindered by anything directly related to a smile. Laser whitening (ZOOM) alternatives present an instantly brighter smile, eliminate stain and discoloration from chemical and physical elements. Bonded, strength enhancing, porcelain restorations, that can achieve the appearance and characteristics of perfectly straight and countoured teeth. State of the art materials and modalities of treatment such as biridges and implants allow you the luxury of never having to live without teeth. A full complementing set of teeth not only impoves self esteem, it improves the overall helth and longevity by eliminating undue stress and forces from being placed on the remaining teeth.

What is neuromuscular dentistry and can it help relieve headaches and jaw pain?

Neuromuscular Dentistry is the science that evaluates and treats your overall oral health by considering how your muscles, teeth and joints all work together. It involves using the muscles and nerves to position the jaw into a physiologically balanced and functionally comfortable position. Using science and technology, we can determine if the muscles, nerves and jaw are in fact in harmony. Often times, when there is not balance and harmony within this system, the results are exacerbated and distributed throughout the body in the form of headaches, neck pain, and other related issues. The good news is that through the use of this technology, we can often diagnose and resolve the majority of the signs and symptoms that stem from this disharmony.

What is full mouth rehabilitation?

Full mouth rehabilitation is by far the most life changing process we are capable of performing. It involves restoring the teeth, the occlusion (bite), the muscles, the self confidence and the self esteem back to a natural looking and youthful feeling condition. Full mouth rehabilitation can eliminate the variables that decrease the daily quality of life. Improve the level of satisfaction you have with your smile; eliminate the discomfort from chewing or temperature sensitive foods; improve the level of comfort experienced with sore jaw muscles and headaches, all by restoring your teeth to optimum level health and function.

What is Zoom!?

Zoom! tooth whitening is the newest in professional tooth whitening treatments that Dental Touch Associates now offers.

2. What is tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration and removes stains from the enamel and dentin of the teeth.

3. What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, teas, colas & tobacco), trauma, antibiotics, excessive fluoride, and nerve degeneration.

4. Who may benefit from Zoom!?

Almost anyone. However, start by consulting a dentist. He or she will determine a viable candidate through an oral examination and diagnosis.

For example, tooth bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth whiteners do not effect the color of these materials.

5. Where can I receive a Zoom! treatment?

Zoom! is performed right in our offices by our professionally trained dentists and clinicians.

6. What results should I expect from Zoom!?

In an analysis of 500 cases performed across the United States, Zoom tooth whitening demonstrated an average improvement of 8 shades using the VITAPANT System shade guide. Results also showed that the darker the teeth the greater the whitening effect.

7. How long does the Zoom! procedure take to complete?

In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter.

It begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums. The Zoom! professional then applies the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. A five minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure.

8. How does Zoom! work?

The Zoom! activated gel was developed after years of research by Discus Dental. The gel is a scientifically formulated, pH balanced Hydrogen Peroxide that, when activated by the Zoom! lamp, gently penetrates the teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration. The Zoom! lamp is not a laser and transmits almost no heat, causing little or no sensitivity.