Dr. Graves' top priority is to ensure that his patients are not just satisfied, but overjoyed with their smiles. Dr. Graves has received specialized training in numerous cosmetic dental procedures including veneers and resin bonding. We understand that your smile helps you to become your best self and your smile is a reflection of you. With this in mind, our goal is to create the most natural and vibrant smiles possible. We have many different techniques available to create your beautiful smile.
SMILE DESIGN We can now create beautiful smiles, not just pretty teeth. After examining your mouth and aspects of your smile including tooth length, spacing, crowding, gum position, and lip position, we can formulate a customized plan to enhance your smile. Sometimes all it takes is simple bleaching, or minor bonding. Sometimes the best option will be porcelain veneers or gum reshaping using our specialized laser. We listen to our patients expectations and desires, making sure that we explain every step of the diagnosis and treatment process in order to select the best option for creating your beautiful smile.
VENEERS Porcelain veneers are among the most popular and successful methods for changing and improving the look of your smile. Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made by a dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Because we custom design the veneers for your smile, they look like natural teeth. Some advantages of porcelain veneers over bonding include increased longevity and resistance to staining.
Veneers are often used to correct and repair chips or cracks, however, they are also a fantastic way to improve the worn appearance or discoloration of teeth.
BONDING Applying a tooth colored filling material (called composite resin) to the teeth repairs a tooth that is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks. First, we remove the decayed or affected portion of the tooth and then replace it with a composite filling. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, we can closely match the color of the existing teeth, and they are more esthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth. Bonding material can be molded and shaped to achieve outstanding results including closing small spaces between the teeth, making teeth appear straighter, and repairing chips and cracks.
CROWNS A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. It is common to create crowns by fusing a strong metal base to a more esthetically pleasing porcelain cap. However, these traditional crowns tend to be opaque or 'flat' looking because they do not allow light to pass through them as a natural tooth does. There is often a dark or gray line next to the gum-line. With recent advancements in dental technology and bonding techniques, we are able to offer strong all-porcelain bonded crowns. When properly placed, they are as strong or stronger than the porcelain covered metal crowns. Metal-free dentistry can restore your smile back to natural form and beauty.
TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS We are able to remove cavities and restore teeth without using ugly, black 'mercury-silver fillings'. Because the tooth-colored materials are bonded to the tooth structure, we can now treat teeth with much less invasive techniques. This allows us to preserve healthy tooth structure and increase the durability of your teeth.
INLAYS, ONLAYS AND PARTIAL CROWNS We use inlays, onlays or partial crowns when there is a significant amount of tooth structure that is weakened or decayed and a 'regular' filling will not be strong enough to fix the tooth. Thanks to modern technologies of dental adhesion we are able to restore many teeth that are severely broken down without the invasiveness of full-coverage crowns. It is possible to bond teeth back together, using natural-looking porcelain materials, virtually restoring them back to their original strength.