Your smile is the first thing people see. It instantly portrays your personality, self-confidence, joy and vitality. Does your smile say it all or are you reluctant to smile? Nearly half of adults surveyed say they want a beautiful smile. Isn’t it time, right now, to have the beautiful smile you deserve? It won’t take years or even months – you can have the smile of your dreams in as little as two visits. We use the most advanced techniques in dentistry to give you the smile you deserve without waiting.
“Gummy smiles” are a very common problem, caused by overgrowth of the gum tissue that covers the teeth. This unsightly occurrence can be caused by a variety of things, including heredity, health conditions and even the use of many common high blood pressure medications. A gummy smile will dominate the mouth, making the teeth seem almost secondary in appearance. We use a laser to change the look and shape of the gums. The laser actually vaporizes unnecessary and unsightly tissue with unmatched accuracy and effectiveness. What is left in the place of the overgrown gums is a healthy-looking, well-proportioned smile. The process takes only a few minutes for most, and there is usually very little discomfort.
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners with gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks , until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Headache treatment at the dentist? Yes! A high percentage of headaches are muscle related and the most common muscles to be affected are the chewing muscles. We have successfully treated chronic headaches, migraines and morning tension headaches, often with no medication or injections. A properly trained dentists is in a unique position to evaluate and treat this type of headache pain, and this is certainly a most rewarding part of our practice. If you suffer from frequent or debilitation headaches, contact our office for an evaluation today.
If you are unhappy with the dull, yellowish shade of your teeth, consider teeth whitening as the perfect solution! Teeth whitening is safe, effective and an efficient way to dramatically improve your overall appearance. Dr. Rinehart can help you choose the most effective and convenient method of whitening for you. We are proud to offer KöR Whitening. KöR Whitening can actually make your natural tooth color from seven to 12 shades brighter than it is right now! You too can have the bright, white smile you’ve always dreamed about!
Porcelain veneers are the most conservative aesthetic restorations available in dentistry today. A thin layer of the front of the tooth is removed to allow porcelain to be bonded to the tooth without making it any thicker. The veneer covers dark or yellow teeth, fills unsightly gaps, lengthens short or stubby teeth and straightens crooked teeth. Veneers offer a lasting solution. The veneers are attached to the teeth using the most advanced bonding technology. The end result is a strong, functional, natural-looking and beautiful smile!
The most common crown restoration placed today utilizes a metal lining covered with porcelain. These types of restorations are not as natural in appearance because light is not able to pass through porcelain-metal crowns as it does with a natural tooth. The result is an opaque or flat-looking tooth. Often, these types of traditional crowns leave a dark or gray line next to the gum line. Our talented team is proud to offer a natural-looking alternative: all-ceramic, nonmetal crowns! With these newer restorations you will notice the life-like appearance that mimics natural teeth and does not produce the black gum line so common with porcelain-metal crowns.
Worn, discolored or gapped teeth can be embarrassing and can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Bonding is the perfect solution. Inexpensive and conservative, bonding uses a tooth-colored composite material to restore teeth and enhance smiles. The composite is placed on the tooth, then shaped and molded to achieve the desired results, including: whitening, closing spaces between teeth, making teeth appear straighter and repairing chips and cracks. The material is then hardened and polished, creating a natural appearance.
If your teeth are filled with dark, tray metal fillings, you’ve got more to worry about than your appearance. Metal amalgams can damage teeth. Temperature sensitive, amalgams expand with heat and contract with cold. This movement weakens the tooth wall, leading to fractures, and also allows bacteria to enter and cause decay. They contain mercury, which may have negative long-term health effects. Tooth-colored composite fillings are a safer, stronger, more attractive and more enduring alternative to metal. They conservatively restore your teeth to strength and your smile to beauty.
We take pride in helping you to achieve and maintain a healthy periodontal. Gum inflammation may result from inadequate or ineffective home care and can be aggravated by poor tooth alignment and ill-fitting restorations. Gum disease results in inflammation and places your entire immune system on high alert and can affect premature birth, diabetes-control, heart conditions, and other systemic health matters.
Over time, gum inflammation can progress and destroy the bone that supports your teeth. We routinely examine for bone loss to enable early, effective, non-surgical treatment. With improved home care and regular supportive care, we are confident we can establish a healthy environment which promotes oral and systemic health.
Metal fillings are not the healthiest solution, often expanding and contracting with temperature changes. This can cause cracking or allow bacteria to cause further decay. Inlays and onlays make it possible to replace older defective silver fillings with beautiful and healthy tooth-colored restorations. We’ll design them to match your teeth, reviving your natural strength, wear and function. With new materials such as pure porcelain, it really is finally possible to beautifully repair and restore your smile.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning we will remove excess plaque, polish your teeth and apply flouride.
An oral cancer screening can detect oral cancer before symptoms appear. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread. We recommend this test to all our adult patients but especially to those who are or have been tobacco users.
We can provide your teeth with the protection they need. Sport guards are important for every athlete. Night guards provide protection for those who grind their teeth, relieving jaw pain and preventing tooth damage.