Get the healthy, flawless smile you’ve always wanted.
Michiana Smiles performs several cosmetic dental procedures at our offices in South Bend, Granger, and Mishawaka that will help you improve the look and function of your teeth. Read on for descriptions of some of our most common procedures, and schedule an appointment with your dentist to learn more.
Porcelain veneers are handcrafted, custom-made, thin shells of dental porcelain placed on your front teeth. They are stain-resistant and custom-tinted to blend with surrounding teeth. Veneers can dramatically transform your smile by correcting flaws like:
How we can help: Your dentist will meet with you in a consultation to discuss your ideal smile and then create a custom design for your porcelain veneers. He or she will then secure temporary veneers to your teeth while a ceramist fabricates your one-of-a-kind restorations in our South Bend dental lab. Once the veneers are ready, you’ll return to our office so the dentist can remove your temporaries and place the final veneers.
CEREC® restorations are a revolutionary way to restore damaged teeth in a single visit. CEREC® will make your teeth stronger and more beautiful. Instead of placing a filling with metal or resin, we suggest a longer-lasting CEREC® porcelain restoration.
During a single visit, the porcelain material is bonded in your tooth and is compatible with tissue in your mouth. It is a high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant material. CEREC® restorations bring your teeth back to their original appearance. CEREC® restorations are state-of-the-art inlays/onlays in today’s modern dentistry.
Chips, stains, gaps, and cracks on your front teeth can easily detract from an otherwise attractive appearance. But if you’re hesitant about investing in dental veneers, consider cosmetic bonding instead. Although bonding doesn’t last as long as veneers, it is generally faster and less expensive than bonding. Plus, like veneers, bonding resists stains, so it holds its natural-looking color.
How we can help: Your dentist will use the same custom-tinted, liquid resin used for white fillings for the procedure. Once he or she has prepared your tooth or teeth, your dentist will tint the resin to blend with the existing tooth enamel and apply it as needed. A soft light will then harden the substance, and your dentist will sculpt and polish the newly shaped tooth so it looks completely natural.
Zoom™ Teeth Whitening
Teeth become stained by everyday consumption of coffee, soda, wine, and certain fruits and vegetables. You may have tried bleaching strips or brush-on solutions without achieving the results that you desire. With Zoom™ teeth whitening, you get instant and long-lasting results in one easy visit. After Zoom™ teeth whitening, your teeth can be 3 to 5 times lighter than their previous appearance.
How we can help: Chairside or in-office Zoom™ teeth whitening is performed in about an hour. Your dentist will use either a highly concentrated bleaching solution or a gel-and-light system to whisk away stains caused by common foods, beverages, tobacco, age, and/or tetracycline medications. If you would prefer to lighten your teeth at home, professional take-home kits can do the job in about two weeks. Both systems yield amazing results of up to 10 shades difference. In some cases, your dentist may suggest a combination of home and in-office bleaching. If teeth whitening does not work for you, consider porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding to indefinitely eliminate stains.
Our doctors at Michiana Smiles have the experience and equipment necessary to perform several cosmetic dental procedures in our offices. For more information, please schedule an appointment with your dentist, and we will be in touch with you shortly.
At Home Whitening
Our at home whitening options offer bright results after only a few applications. Custom bleaching trays are a comfortable and convenient solution to home whitening for any busy schedule. With our Opalescence home trays, you can whiten when you want, where you want.