Transformative Cosmetic Dentistry in Marysville
Having a brilliantly white, perfectly aligned smile doesn’t have to be a dream. At Darby Creek Dental, our skilled cosmetic dentists make picture-perfect smiles a reality for our patients from Ostrander and other nearby communities every day. We invite patients to contact our Marysville dental practice to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to find out more about the variety of services we provide. Our doctors can transform smiles quickly, comfortably, and effectively by using innovative techniques and quality materials.
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry service available. While the pharmacy shelves filled with whitening products promise grand results, only professional quality whitening can deliver brighter smiles. In-office whitening offers dramatic results (up to ten shades brighter) in about an hour. In-practice teeth whitening is great option for those patients who want the comfort and safety of dentist- applied and monitored treatment, as well as those who need results quickly for an upcoming event. Treatment is completed in just one visit.
For those patients who want to whiten at home, have sensitive teeth, or prefer to brighten their smile gradually, professional at-home whitening kits may be preferable. Unlike store bought whiteners, our whitening kits include custom crafted application trays that are designed to seal in whitening gel and keep out saliva that neutralizes the whitening agent. Additionally, dental-grade whitening gel is significantly stronger, remaining active longer and offering more dramatic results. Some patients notice a change within a few applications, but the most dramatic results are visible after about two weeks of consistent application.
Amalgam fillings restore the form and function of damaged and decayed teeth, but they mar the appearance of smiles with their dark, gray, or silver coloring. At Darby Creek Dental, we offer a more cosmetic alternative – composite resin fillings. Compared with amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings offer a number of advantages, including:
- More conservative – amalgam fillings are crafted outside the mouth and connected to the tooth with dental cement. This means a larger amount of natural dental structure is removed to make room for the filling to be positioned. Composite resin fillings are shaped directly onto the tooth and hardened in place with a curing light. The resin material easily fills in the shape of the damaged tooth, preserving tooth enamel.
- Longer lasting – because the resin is directly applied to the tooth with no cement between the filling and the tooth, the bond is stronger. The remaining healthy tooth structure is actually strengthened by composite resin fillings. While amalgam is a more durable material on its own, the solid bond created between composite resin and the tooth make it a longer lasting filling material.
- Reduced risk of future decay or damage – amalgam fillings expand and contract with changes in temperature. This may cause cracks in the tooth, the filling to break away from the tooth, or allow bacteria to access the tooth, causing further decay. Composite fillings are not sensitive to changes in temperature, and because they are directly bonded, there is less risk that the filling will break away from the tooth.
We may not be able to undo years of dental damage like cracks, chips, stains, and gaps in teeth, but with porcelain veneers, we can completely transform smiles in just a few visits to our office. Veneers are thin sheaths of high quality dental grade porcelain that resemble eggshells. They are placed over the front surfaces of teeth to conceal any number of smile flaws. The treatment is simple: during an initial visit to our Marysville office, a small amount of surface tooth enamel is removed. Once the teeth are prepared, we take impressions that our ceramics lab uses to craft custom porcelain veneers. In the interim, we place a temporary veneer to help patients get used to the look and feel of their new smile. Once the final veneer is complete, patients return to exchange the temporary veneer for their brand new, flawless smile. Veneers are the perfect smile solution for patients who want to correct a number of smile flaws without undergoing advanced cosmetic, restorative, or orthodontic treatments.
Our skilled dentists plan care with the understanding that all dental treatment is cosmetic because it affects our patient’s appearance. We wouldn’t take our car to the body shop to have a scratch repainted and be happy with just any color to correct the damage. The work isn’t done until the car looks as good as new. While gold, silver, and porcelain bonded to metal crowns, inlays, and onlays effectively restore the shape and function to smiles, they don’t match the brilliant white shine of healthy, natural teeth. All-ceramic restorations offer superior cosmetic results, even compared with porcelain bonded to metal restorations, which tend to develop darker colored spots or bands over time.
The high quality ceramic material closely mimics the appearance of tooth enamel, reflecting light for a picture perfect shine. Our trusted ceramics lab is able to combine the material to seamlessly blend with the coloring of surrounding teeth. In most cases, no one but you and our skilled dentists will ever know your tooth was restored. The process is no different than traditional dental crown placement, and the material is stain resistant, meaning patients get natural, beautiful results that last.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
When patients hear the word braces, they probably imagine an adolescent with a mouth full of metallic brackets and wires. At Darby Creek Dental, we have a more cosmetic alternative – Invisalign. This orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to gradually shift teeth into position. These aligners are virtually invisible to the casual observer, and because they’re removable, patients don’t need to make any changes to their diet or oral hygiene routine. The Invisalign system is ideal for busy professionals because they only need to visit our office for short visits typically every six weeks, and the entire treatment process is completed in 10-18 months, compared with two or more years for traditional orthodontics.