Cosmetic Solutions

cosmetic-top-img At Oak Grove Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry solutions to enhance and renew the appearance of your smile. Dr. Christopher Clark and his experienced dental team utilize advanced techniques to improve the look of your teeth and gums with beautiful results.  Dr. Clark has proven her talent with cosmetic dental procedures and is able to correct a number of issues that may be affecting the look of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

A brighter, whiter smile can often have a positive impact on one’s social life, not to mention provide a healthy boost of self-confidence! Whether you’re looking to create memories for a lifetime with a dazzling smile at your wedding, or to leave a lasting impression at a job interview or reunion, teeth whitening is a fast way to get dramatic results. Whitening your teeth can also be a great way to complement other types of cosmetic dentistry, as well. At Oak Grove Dental, we offer the a variety of whitening options which yield exceptional results on even the most stubborn stains. Call us to Schedule your Appointment Today!

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers can be an excellent option for patients interested in improving the appearance of chips, stains, cracks, and a variety of other tooth imperfections. At Oak Grove Dental, this popular cosmetic dentistry technique is customized to produce durable, natural-looking results that can last for decades. Additionally, dental veneers are constructed to match the size, shape, and color of your surrounding teeth. With porcelain dental veneers, Dr. Christopher Clark, our experienced cosmetic dentist can help you improve the function of your teeth and achieve a beautiful smile. If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, please contact Oak Grove Dental to schedule a consultation with our staff.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom-designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. This cosmetic dentistry treatment is specifically created to conceal the damaged or affected portions of your teeth while providing virtually undetectable and long-lasting results. Additionally, they require no extra maintenance aside from routine brushing, flossing, and regular teeth cleanings. Porcelain dental veneers can be used to improve the appearance of a number of common dental issues, including:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps and misalignments
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Worn down and unevenly sized teeth

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Clark will evaluate your teeth to ensure porcelain veneers are the most effective dental option for your needs. If this is the case, she will make an impression of your teeth which will be used to custom-design your veneers from a durable porcelain material for a natural look and feel. After construction, the thin veneer will be fixed to your affected tooth with highly-cohesive oral cement. Your veneer will then be shaded and tinted to match the color of your surrounding teeth for the most aesthetically-pleasing results. Following one final polish, your veneer should resemble your natural teeth and help improve the function of your smile. Results from porcelain dental veneers are typically long-lasting and can even last several decades.

Contact Oak Grove Dental

For more information about porcelain veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark please contact us today. Our friendly and experienced dental staff will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Gum Reshaping

If you feel self-conscious about your smile because it seems too “gummy,” gum reshaping can help. Using the Biolase laser, Dr. Christopher Clark can recontour the gums and remove excess tissue for a more balanced appearance between the teeth and gums. The Biolase laser allows patients to achieve a renewed smile through a virtually painless, non-surgical procedure that heals quickly for a fast recovery. If you are interested in gum reshaping (also known as gum lifting or gum recontouring), please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Benefits of Gum Recontouring

This technique is designed to be safe and gentle, allowing us to precisely remove excess gum tissue and bring out more of the teeth and less of the gums. Some of the key benefits of laser gum lifting are:

  • Non-surgical
  • Reduced swelling and bleeding
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Reduction in the appearance of a “gummy” smile

The Gum Lifting Procedure

The process of reshaping the gumline is often fairly quick and virtually painless. First, a local anesthetic will be applied to the area being treated. Next, an advanced soft tissue laser, the laser, is used to accurately and gently remove any excess tissue along the gumline, effectively revealing more of the surface of the teeth. Patients generally experience little to no discomfort during the procedure, and there is usually no recovery time necessary. The procedure is sterile and heals quickly.

Smile Makeovers

If you suffer from multiple dental issues, such as stained, chipped, misaligned, or missing teeth, a smile makeover might be right for you. Dr. Christopher Clark utilizes several different restorative and cosmetic dentistry techniques to create a customized treatment plan that is specific to your unique needs. After treatment, your smile can look brighter, straighter, and more balanced! A smile makeover can help you make a dramatic change to achieve a healthier, more radiant smile. If your teeth could benefit from a smile makeover, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

The Smile Makeover Process

Everyone’s smile is different and unique. Because of this, Dr. Clark conducts a consultation with each of our smile makeover patients to determine an appropriate treatment plan that addresses his or her unique needs. Your smile makeover could include some of the following procedures:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dental Implants
  • Invisalign®
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Gum Reshaping

Each of these procedures offers unique benefits to help you attain a dazzling new smile. Teeth whitening can help whiten dull or stained teeth; porcelain veneers can restore the appearance of worn down or chipped teeth; Invisalign® can straighten misaligned teeth using clear, removable, and discreet teeth aligners; dental implants can replace missing teeth with natural-looking results; and gum reshaping can reduce signs of a “gummy” smile. For more serious oral health issues, Dr. Clark can restore your teeth and gums to optimal health prior to your smile makeover with a full mouth restoration.

Invisalign®

For many patients, straightening crooked or misaligned teeth may be something they’ve wanted to do for a long time, but they are hesitant about having to wear uncomfortable, metal braces. Fortunately, traditional metal braces are not the only option available. With Invisalign® from Oak Grove Dental, patients can now straighten their teeth discreetly and conveniently. The innovative design of Invisalign® uses a series of clear teeth aligning trays that gradually shift your teeth into a more desirable position. Invisalign® can be used to correct a variety of dental issues, including mild to moderate overbites, underbites, crowded teeth, and spaced teeth.

Benefits of Using Invisalign®

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign® is virtually undetectable when in use. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign® has many other benefits, as well, such as:

  • More comfortable than metal braces
  • Can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss
  • Less visits to the dentist for maintenance are typically required during treatment
  • Patients often achieve desired results in less time – many patients complete treatment in 12 months or less

How Invisalign® Works

Before beginning Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Christopher Clark will use a 3D computer imaging system to create a virtual image of your teeth. Using this computer-generated model, Dr. Clark will have a series of clear aligner trays created for you. Each tray is slightly different than the previous tray in the series, allowing for gradual movement of your teeth. Dr. Clark will instruct you to wear each tray for a certain amount of time, usually for about two weeks, depending on your treatment plan. Once you are finished with one set of aligners, it can be discarded for the next in the series. Dr. Clark will ask that you return for occasional follow-up appointments so that she can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan for the most optimal results. These visits are infrequent, are usually fairly brief, and should not cause significant interruption to your daily routine. Invisalign® can help you achieve straighter teeth and a rejuvenated smile – without others even knowing you are undergoing treatment! Once treatment has been completed, many patients choose to enhance their new smile with teeth whitening as “the finishing touch.”

Schedule a Consultation

If you are looking to correct dental issues without metal braces, please contact us today to schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign® is right for you. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have about Invisalign®. We look forward to helping you achieve your new smile!

Tooth Colored Fillings / Inlays and Onlays

In order to restore and strengthen teeth that have been damaged from cavities and decay, Dr. Christopher Clark uses tooth-colored fillings as a durable solution. Unlike the amalgam (metal) fillings of the past, tooth colored fillings blend in naturally with your teeth, making them virtually undetectable. Amalgam fillings are often associated with potential health risks, because they can contain mercury. With tooth-colored fillings, those risks are eliminated. The composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings is safe, strong, and can be used on patients of all ages. Plus, if you already have old metal fillings, replacing them with tooth-colored fillings can be a great way to enhance the look of your smile with fillings that look more like your original teeth.

Inlays and Onlays

At Oak Grove Dental, Dr. Clark also utilizes the long-lasting composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings to help reinforce and strengthen the back teeth, as well as the adjacent teeth, if they have been damaged or affected by decay. Inlays are used to reinforce your back teeth if they have been damaged along the top indented crevices of the chewing surfaces. Onlays can be used to treat decay and damage on the cusps of the teeth (the structures projecting from the top). Using the tooth-colored resin, these restorations can be color-matched to blend in with your natural tooth structure, for a discreet solution.