Esthetic Dentistry

Everyone deserves a great smile

If you do not like how your smile looks or what your teeth looks like…speak with Dr. Wolff. Don’t let discolored or chipped teeth to keep you from smiling. If you have spaces between teeth or shapes of teeth that prevent you from smiling…its time for a consult. Dr. Wolff has decades of experience in helping make people smile. Determining how to improve your Smile starts with a discussion of your concerns and then a careful smile analysis. We discuss the dental conditions, growth limitations and dental materials limitations that govern your smile potential. You receive a series of recommendations on how to best treat your esthetic concerns and the limitations different treatments available! Dr. Wolff has conducted research and written extensively on smile design, tooth whitening and edited two textbooks on esthetic dentistry (click here for articles and texts).

There are NO cookie cutter solutions for YOUR esthetic need…its not what the Dentist thinks about your esthetics, its YOU think!

Teeth Whitening

If you have been living with a dark or stained smile, professional teeth whitening may help. It is important to identify and understand the reason for your tooth color. Not all conditions can be bleached and some patients, with grey teeth or sensitive teeth should not be whitened by bleach. Dr. Wolff has the research and clinical experience to determine appropriate cases for tooth whitening and to select products that deliver consistent beauty, lightening teeth. We offer in-office teeth whitening as well as take-home teeth whitening kits. We offer the best techniques to allow your brilliant smile emerge. Dr. Wolff frequently utilizes at-home teeth whitening. Custom bleaching trays and professional-strength whitening allow patients to achieve dazzling results. After 10 to 12 days of used, you will see a noticeable improvement in your smile. At-home whitening removes stains with minimal or no tooth sensitivity.

Porcelain Veneers (Laminates)

Porcelain Veneers (Laminates) are handcrafted pieces of porcelain that restore or develop esthetic contours for your teeth and are cemented to the teeth using composite (plastic) cements. They generally require some preparation of your teeth to establish natural contours and there must be aadequate tooth structure to use this treatment. Using this technique, we can turn your smile from lackluster to luminous. Porcelain veneers are constructed in the laboratory from fine dental porcelains. They resist stains, cover imperfections, alter tooth shape and help create a flawless appearance.

The process requires:

  • Diagnostic evaluation and consultation (frequently with diagnostic wax ups and esthetic mock-ups)
  • Tooth preparations, impressions for use by the ceramist and temporization
  • Try-in, adjustment and customization of veneers and cementation
  • Tooth Colored (Composite) Restorations

    Tooth colored restorations (fillings) are often the best answer to restore the form, function and esthetics of a tooth. The tooth colored restorations are called composites because they are made of tooth colored micro filler particles and a resin that is hardened utilizing a bright blue light. This process is frequently referred to as bonding. It can also be used to change the shape of teeth. Chips, small gaps and cavities can be restored with. Often in one appointment, with composite bonding, Dr. Wolff can repair the imperfections and renew your smile.

    Composite restorations have their limitations. They may wear from chewing foods and clenching teeth faster than other materials. They may not properly re-establish tooth contours and tightly close contacts. There are other materials and techniques…Dr. Wolff will speak with you about these.

    Crowns (Caps)

    Frequently it is necessary to restore the shape, esthetics and function of a tooth by covering the whole tooth. Crowns are frequently utilized after a tooth has had extensive decay or extreme damage a tooth. A simple filling won’t restore the tooth to full function, so Dr. Wolff will likely recommend a crown.

    Crowns can be made of many materials and Dr. Wolff will discuss the rationale for use of each material: all metal (frequently gold), all ceramic (a variety of porcelain materials are available depending on esthetics and wear) and combinations of porcelain and metal. Each crown type, metal, all-ceramic and ceramo-metal, has benefits and limitations that need to be explained. The crowns are cemented on the remaining tooth structure. The crown usually completely covers the tooth area above the gum line. Our crowns are each hand designed and made in small custom American-based laboratories by individual craftsman.

    The process requires a minimum of two visits:
  • Diagnostic evaluation and consultation (frequently with diagnostic wax ups and esthetic mock-ups)
  • Tooth preparations, impressions for use by the ceramist and temporization
  • Try-in, adjustment and customization of crowns and cementation