Cosmetic dentistry choices you can look forward to.

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created to fit your mouth. Aligner trays (as the inserts are called) are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your doctor plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. Based on your progress, you change to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little daily interruption. The best part is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!

Hibiscus Dental is proud to offer Invisalign® to our patients. Give us a call to schedule your consultation!

Invisalign vs. Braces?

~ Virtually invisible
~ Smooth comfortable
~ Removable for easy cleaning
~ Eat whatever you want

~ Requires brackets and wires
~ Can poke and irritate mouth
~ Brushing and flossing require more effort
~ Many food restrictions

What is a metal-free crown?

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens teeth that can’t be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored crown)are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, beautiful smile. Give us a call to find out if you’re a good candidate for a crown.

Reasons for crowns:
~ Broken or fractured teeth
~ Cosmetic enhancement
~ Decayed teeth
~ Fractured fillings
~ Large fillings
~ Tooth has a root canal

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials.

Hibiscus Dental offers veneers to patients after a thorough consultation. Call or email us to come and and discuss how veneers can brighten your smile.

Veneers are routinely used to fix:
~ Discolored teeth
~ Worn down teeth
~ Chipped or broken teeth
~ Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly-shaped teeth
~ Gaps between teeth

Advantages of Veneers:
~ Provides a natural tooth appearance
~ Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well
~ Stain-resistant
~ Make teeth appear whiter
~ Conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape

Disadvantages of Veneers:
~ Process is not reversible
~ More costly than composite resin bonding
~ Usually not repairable should they chip or crack.
~ Teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold

Teeth Whitening (in office & take home)

Most of us start out with sparkling white teeth, thanks to their porcelain-like enamel surface. Our tooth enamel is designed to protect our teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma, and acid attacks caused by sugar. But over the years enamel is worn down, becoming more transparent and permitting the yellow color of dentin – the tooth’s core material – to show through.

Whitening Options

In-Office Whitening

Significant lightening in a short period of time is the major benefit of in-office whitening. This procedure involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide Professionally formulated gel, applied to the teeth by the dentist or trained technician after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20 minute intervals that add up to an hour (at most). Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional Whitening sessions, or may be asked to continue with a home-use whitening system.

Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits

Professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits can produce great results over the long haul. Take-home kits incorporate an easy-to-use lower-concentration peroxide gel that remains on the teeth for 30 minutes, one time a day. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that resemble mouth guards.

BOTOX is a trusted product, administered over 7 million times a year and has been in the market for over 13 years. The most common uses for BOTOX is smoothing of the facial wrinkles of the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region) and around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet). These most common cosmetic uses have put Botox on the esthetic map, but did you know that BOTOX is also a helpful tool to your dentist?

When you first hear that you can be treated with BOTOX at your dentist’s office it may sound strange, as dentists haven’t done much marketing for the service and product, but consider some facts about your dentist:

  • Dentists are trained doctors and practiced in the facial musculoskeletal systems.
  • Dentists precisely understand your face muscles.
  • Dentists are already trained and experienced at using BOTOX to treat dental problems like TMJ
  • (Temporomandibular joint) disorders and reducing fatigue of teeth clenching with the use of BOTOX.
  • Your dentist is already a trusted and knowledgeable provider of BOTOX for multiple facial needs!

So how can getting BOTOX from your dentist help you?

BOTOX is primarily used in the face, around your eyes and mouth areas to help relieve muscle tension stress and the wrinkles associated with them. Dentists are focused on making sure you maintain a healthy smile that makes you feel good. You can benefit from your dentist’s musculoskeletal training and awareness to reduce frown lines and the look of aging with some BOTOX to brighten up your smile and face.

Just like other physicians who are licensed and trained in providing injections, dentists are health care practitioners who deliver professional health and wellness services to patients. In fact, our very own Dr. Sweta Gunnell received her certificate for completed training from AAFE to offer BOTOX to patients as a stand-alone service or as a compliment to cosmetic dentistry.

“As a qualified and experienced dentist, I’m very well-trained in the musculature and anatomy of the face and am proud to offer thoughtful, well placed BOTOX injections to my valued patients. It’s wonderful to see the stress relief and enjoyment my patients experience,” said Dr. Sweta Gunnell, co-owner of Hibiscus Dental.

If you are considering BOTOX as a wrinkle treatment, for TMJ relief, or for teeth clenching relief, give Hibiscus Dental a call to schedule a consultation. There’s never been a better time to learn more about how BOTOX from your dentist may be able to help you keep and maintain your beautiful smile! Or, ask us about a BOTOX treatment at your next visit.