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Q. What can I expect on my first visit?
The first visit is for a consultation and a comprehensive exam. X-rays and study models of your teeth are made if needed. All your information is assessed in order to make an accurate recommendation for your dental needs

Q. What are safe and effective methods of bleaching my teeth?
The most effective and safe method for whitening your smile is an In-Office procedure.
For immediate results, your teeth can be whitened in about an 1 hour up to 8 shades ligher using Power Whitening. It is an easy, quick and safe method to a naturally healthy smile.
This Professional method is safe as you do not ingest the whitening and it is carefully controlled process to get the best results. The results are long lasting with simple maintenance.

Q. How can Botox/Dysport and Dentistry enhance facial esthetics?
A dentist is an expert in Facial Esthetics, and they have to be. Injections are required in several dental procedures that affect different facial muscles. For example, Botox/Dysport is used for TMJ to relieve tension of the jaw muscles in a patient who is a heavy clencher or grinder. Dr. Bauer’s expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry has enabled herto be focused on symmetry and details of the face, so she is able to apply this expertise to further esthetic effect to help create a youthful and fresh appearance by reducing creases and wrinkles safely.

Q. What is a Cosmetic Smile Makeover?
Improve your smile and change your life with a Smile Makeover that is easy and painless.
Dr. Bauer can create a bright, youthful looking smile that is custom made for your face in just a little over two weeks. Better still, there is no down time, because, thanks to porcelain veneers, your face will be completely rejuvenated.

Q. What’s the difference between tooth colored and amalgam/metal fillings?
Dental Amalgam is a silver/mercury filling that is no longer the best available restorative option. This material was developed during the Civil War! The mercury content of today’s amalgam/metal filling can be as much as 55%. Over time this material becomes leaky and is temperature sensitive, causing it expand and contract, often causing fractures in teeth and new decay. The best restorative option is the new generation tooth colored fillings or porcelain restorations. They seal teeth well by bonding to tooth structure and reinforcing it to 90% of original strength. They contain no toxic metals and look like a natural tooth, and wear resistance is excellent.

Q. What are Veneers?
A veneer is a custom made porcelain shell bonded on top of your natural tooth that can instantly change the color and shape of your teeth in just two visits! If you have discolored, crooked, chipped, or worn down teeth – veneers are an excellent choice to correct these problems. They are the thickness of your fingernail and can last from 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer. They are stain resistant and keep their luster and brightness for many years.
For this procedure, the natural tooth requires minimal preparation. It’s more like lightly reshaping your teeth in most cases. With a veneer, there’s also no dark line above the tooth, which you sometimes see with a crown. Obviously, veneers are a more conservative treatment involving a less invasive procedure. They look very natural and you will look more refreshed and youthful with this conservative, easy procedure.

Q. What are crowns?
Crowns are used to cover and support a tooth that has been broken down or fractured. It is a covering that looks just like your natural healthy tooth, but helps to preserve the weakened tooth underneath. It is permanently cemented on your tooth, so it feels and functions like your own.

Q. What are Implants?
Implants are a great way to put back a missing tooth or teeth. They have been around for more than 30 years and have a 95% success rate. An implant is non-removable and feels like your own tooth.
It consists of placing a titanium tooth root into the space of a missing tooth and fitting it with a custom crown that looks like your natural tooth. Patients don’t feel the difference between the implants and their natural teeth.

Q. Am I a candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
We invite you for a complimentary consultation.Based on your desires and needs, we can make an appropriate recommendation.

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