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Barbara DeLucia, DMD

 COSMETIC DENTISTRY

COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be altered to give a stunning look to the mouth.


We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

WHITENING 
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses two methods: passive tray whitening and area specific in-office whitening. 
Whitening is safe and effective.  Through whitening proceures, teeth can become several shades whiter.  You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth can become even whiter the first few days after beginning the procedure. 

The tray method involves having impressions taken; from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months. 


VENEERS
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only adhered to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using a tooth colored composite resin. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are received from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that less tooth material is removed. Veneers may be recommended for teeth that have large fillings or are discolored and unattractive.




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PADDOCK PARK PROFESSIONAL CENTER              FRIENDSHIP CENTER (at On Top Of The World)

2701 SW 34th STREET                                                       8441 SW HIGHWAY 200

SUITE 200                                                                            SUITE 115

OCALA,  FL  34474                                                             OCALA,  FL  34481

(352) 237-9200                                                                      (352) 854-6633



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