Teeth tend to darken with age, largely from normal consumption of food and beverages. Coffee and red wine are notorious for staining teeth over time, and worn teeth tend to absorb stains even faster. It’s no secret that yellowed teeth make a person look older, and whitening them has the reverse effect. A very safe and effective method of lightening and brightening involves the use of thin unobtrusive plastic trays to hold a professional strength bleaching gel against the teeth. This is done for about a half-hour a day for 1 to 2 weeks and in most cases the results are remarkable.
Tooth-Colored Fillings and Inlays
Old silver amalgam fillings tend to darken over time, and can develop cracks or gaps. If replacement is necessary, many patients are choosing a tooth-colored material to blend invisibly for a brighter, cleaner looking smile. Depending on the situation, composite or porcelain fillings are both durable and beautiful; the best of both worlds.
Cosmetic bonding is a simple way to correct isolated defects, chips and wear; even fill gaps or spaces. The term “bonding” refers to the use of composite resin materials which have the ability to bond with, and add to existing tooth structure. These resins are available in various shades and translucencies to match your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers can dramatically improve the color, shape, size, spacing and positioning of your teeth. As these photos show, they can provide a dramatic improvement in many smiles. Because veneer facings are very thin, they can be applied with minimal removal of your existing tooth structure. These state-of-the-art porcelain materials are long-lasting and look exactly like the healthiest natural teeth. These cosmetic makeovers of the smile often prove to be life-changing. Dr. Libman is a university certified specialist in rebuilding teeth and enhancing the smile, and has had extensive training and experience in this area.
Crowns or “caps” are custom-fabricated to cover the whole tooth. They are appropriate for teeth that are worn, broken down, weakened by large fillings or need changes to shape and color for improved function or appearance. Depending on the situation, or your preference, crowns can be crafted from gold, porcelain fused to gold, or new, super-high-strength porcelains. The beauty and longevity of crowns is completely dependent on the treatment planning, skills and craftsmanship of the dentist, along with an in-depth understanding of the appropriate techniques and materials. Drawing on his extensive specialty training in crown treatments, Dr. Libman works closely with a team of high quality “Master Dental Technicians” to insure the highest quality results.
Bridges can fill gaps where more than one tooth is involved, or when adjacent teeth can also benefit from improvement. Bridges also work well when there isn’t sufficient bone foundation for an implant. Fashioned from porcelain, or porcelain fused to gold, bridges fill gaps which impair eating and the beauty of a full set of teeth. The beauty and longevity of bridges is completely dependent on the treatment planning, skills and craftsmanship of the dentist, along with an in-depth understanding of the appropriate techniques and materials. Drawing on his extensive specialty training in bridge treatments, Dr. Libman works closely with a team of high quality “Master Dental Technicians” to insure the highest quality results.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Prosthodontists receive extensive training in creating comfortable, natural looking, custom-fitting dentures. “Discount” dentures often cause chronic irritation, mouth sores, impaired eating and speech. Whether a complete denture or partial denture, high quality fabrication offers many benefits to the millions who wear them. Dentures can also be anchored to implants for additional stability and comfort. . Drawing on his extensive specialty training in denture treatments, Dr. Libman works closely with the highest quality “Master Denture Technician” to insure the highest quality results.
Dental implants are anchors for custom-made tooth replacements, embedded in your jaw like the roots of natural teeth. Dental implants became an alternative to dentures or bridges when scientific researchers discovered that bone tissue will form a strong, lasting bond with titanium. Implants are a permanent addition to your mouth: easy to care for, thoroughly comfortable for eating and talking, and aesthetically like natural teeth. Today there are patients who have been successfully wearing implant supported teeth for as long as 40 years.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
If complex treatment is required, a comprehensive approach is necessary to replace missing teeth and restore severely worn, damaged or unsightly teeth. Severe deterioration of the teeth can lead to compromised function, loss of facial support and harmony of the smile. As a university trained specialist in this area, Dr. Libman is best qualified to manage these complex treatments.
Perhaps you want to freshen your smile
Perhaps you want to freshen your smile; to look healthier and younger, and add to your self-confidence. Or maybe an accident has caused a loss of teeth. Could be you are dealing with loose, uncomfortable dentures, or failed bridgework. Or perhaps years of dental problems, worn teeth or failed restorations have made speaking and eating more difficult.
Whatever your need for cosmetic or functional improvement, Dr. Libman can restore the look and feel of your original, natural teeth. His approach balances the importance of function and comfort with aesthetic appeal. Whenever possible he recommends early treatment, to avoid more invasive procedures down the road. Dr. Libman prides himself in practicing with a conservative approach, always considering what’s best for his patients long-term.
Maintenance and Follow-up Care
When Dr. Libman performs a treatment he follows through with appropriate checks and maintenance for long-lasting success. From gum maintenance, the foundation of healthy teeth, to ultrasonic cleaning to remove heavy deposits without scraping, Dr. Libman and his team are committed to helping you maintain the best possible oral health.
All clinical photography un-retouched and completed by Dr. Libman
Initial Consultation / Oral Health Exam
Dr. Libman welcomes the opportunity to discuss your needs, answer your questions, advise you of options and offer treatment recommendations. Depending on the situation he can provide a comprehensive oral health examination, or a more specific assessment of a certain problem. Patients who desire an overall analysis are encouraged to bring their recent x-rays and dental records, or x-rays can be taken as part of the initial oral health exam. Due to the complex nature of some dental conditions, a complimentary second appointment may be needed for detailed treatment discussions, which often involve projected digital photos and mechanical jaw simulators.
To schedule a visit simply call us at 425-453-1308, or click here for our on-line appointment request form.