Cosmetic dentistry encompasses not only the health of teeth but their aesthetic value. All of the procedures that Dr. Maxine Sindledecker and Dr. Amanda Sindledecker offer at Sindledecker Dentistry within cosmetic dentistry aim to improve both the well-being and visual beauty of the teeth. They want to provide patients with a higher level of self-confidence. At Sindledecker Dentistry patients can undergo one or more of the following cosmetic procedures for a whiter, brighter, and straighter smile!
A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic and general treatments that transform your smile. Patients that have a variety of cosmetic and functional flaws come to Sindledecker Dentistry for Drs. Sindledeckers expertise. First, patients will have a consultation to determine overall oral health and the extent of the issues. Then, our team will come up with a personalized treatment plan for your smile makeover. After just a few visits patients will have a new smile and restored oral health.
Porcelain veneers are shells that cover a patients tooth. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like the patient’s teeth and can cover damage or staining. The main advantages of porcelain veneers are that they are extremely natural looking and are resistant to future staining. Additionally, there is no tooth reduction needed in contrast to composite resin, which takes up considerably more bulk and volume once applied. Patients typically only need two or three appointments for this process.
Tooth bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, has become an increasingly popular dental treatment. While come choose at home bleaching kits, there is nothing that compares to having a professional, nationally board-certified dentist, such as Drs. Sindledecker, perform this procedure on your teeth. When performed at Sindledecker Dentistry, the entire whitening process is abbreviated and can be completed in only a few short visits, compared to weeks of at-home treatment.
Dental bonding is a special procedure used to restore, reshape and rejuvenate teeth, improving both their function and appearance. Drs. Sindledecker will start by applying a thin layer of tooth-colored plastic to the front of the tooth. Then, they will sculpt it to perfect the patient’s appearance. Dental bonding is used to repair chipped, cracked, broken, misshapen teeth or stained teeth or to fill in the spaces between teeth.
In the past, dental cavities were filled with a mixture of metal alloys, also known as amalgam. Today, tooth-colored or composite fillings are a mixture of resin, glass or quartz and porcelain ceramics. These materials, in comparison to metal, are resilient and long lasting. These fillings are colored to match the patient’s teeth and are practically invisible to the untrained eye. For aesthetic and/or medical purposes, these tooth-colored fillings can be used to replace old and worn dental amalgam, gold or other metal fillings.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Similar to a filling but designed to strengthen a tooth, an inlay or onlay can be made of porcelain, gold or composite resin. The material is bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay is typically adhered inside the cusp tips of the tooth, whereas an onlay is used for more substantial reconstructions. An onlay is designed to extend beyond one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening and improving its appearance. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down to the point where a filling will not be effective. Patients with large chips, cracks, or severe decay can receive a crown to correct these issues. In addition, crowns can be aesthetically pleasing and correct teeth that are misshapen or stained. Sindledecker Dentistry offers porcelain and PFM crowns depending on which is best for the patient.
Dental bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements that help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. This three-step process is performed in just two visits and can restore a smile, improve the ability to chew, and enhance speech. Sindledecker Dentistry offers traditional bridges, resin-bonded bridges, and cantilever bridges for all types of scenarios.
For people who are dissatisfied with their smiles but have not done anything about them because they are not interested in a mouthful of metal, Invisalign® “braces” may be a good option. They eliminate both the discomfort of metal wires and the inconvenience of adjustments. The Invisalign system uses virtually invisible aligners that straighten teeth without metal bands or brackets. The custom-made trays are comfortable, and easy to remove for eating, brushing, flossing, and special occasions. In addition, Invisalign aligners are so inconspicuous that it is difficult to tell when someone is wearing them.
“I have been a patient of Dr. Maxine Sindledecker for many years and find Dr. Sindledecker the most competent dentist I have ever known. Always professional, able to allay any fears, and is extremely knowledgable. Such a wonderful, special person. All the staff are extremely pleasant and efficient. Thank you all.” -Judy L.
Cosmetic Gum Surgery
As cosmetic surgery has become more mainstream, patients are seeking surgical options that will help them achieve their physical and aesthetic goals. Dentistry is no exception to this trend. Many people who are unhappy with their gums and the way their gums affect their smile, may choose to have cosmetic gum surgery to improve their appearance. Sindledecker Dentistry performs a gingival lift and gum grafting to change the shape of the tooth and adjust the gums.