Cosmetic Dentistry

General & Cosmetic Dental Services

Porcelain Veneers
At our office, we commonly make patients custom-made veneers at our laboratory in Winnipeg. Veneers consist of a thin layer of porcelain (only on the front surface of the tooth) that is aesthetically pleasing and hard to detect. Veneers are most often used for patients with stained, discoloured, small, or slightly spaced teeth to enhance a patient's smile. If the case is right, we will recommend Lumineers®, a no-prep veneer where the tooth does not need to be touched.
 
Porcelain Crowns & Porcelain Bridges
If veneers are not an option because of decay, large fillings, or very strong bites, porcelain crowns are the way to go. These provide full coverage restoration that caps or covers the entire tooth. This gives our patients a beautiful aesthetic result, while at the same time protecting the patient's natural teeth from further breakdown. Porcelain bridges are fabricated for our patients when they request an aesthetic treatment and are missing a tooth. Porcelain crowns are placed on both teeth directly beside the space. A third crown will then sit in the space, cemented to the 2 crowns, making a very nice bridge. This treatment will allow the patient to chew and smile normally.
 
Orthodontics
Orthodontics consists of 3 stages. The first stage deals with having the upper and lower jaws in the correct position. Treatment now can sometimes begin as early as 5 years old. If the jaws are treated early, this can many times prevent surgical correction as the child gets older.
 
Stage 2 consists of treating the teeth with either braces or Invisalign®. Braces use either metal or clear brackets and wires, while Invisalign is a clear alternative that uses no brackets or wires.
 
The 3rd stage involves preventing the teeth from moving back to their old position. This is done using retainers. Patients can choose from either a fixed wire, or a removable retainer, with a clear alternative also available.
 
Invisalign®
Invisalign is a great option for certain patients to have their teeth straightened. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth. The aligners are switched every 2 weeks, until treatment is complete. During each 2 week interval the teeth gradually move until they are in a beautiful position, where you are ready to show off your smile! Treatment length differs for each individual patient, but simpler cases are often completed in less than 1 year.
 
Dental Implants
Dental implants have become very popular in our office.
 
Single Tooth Implants
Often patients lose a single tooth due to trauma or infection. The dental implant is a great aesthetic option because patients can now have the tooth replaced without touching the teeth beside it. The dental implant consists of a titanium post that will be fitted to the area the root of the previous tooth had occupied. A crown is then placed on top of the implant, and your tooth is as good as new.
 
Implant Supported Dentures
Are your dentures loose? Do they move around a lot? Is this making it very difficult for you to talk and/or eat? Then consider implant supported dentures to help keep your dentures in place.
 
Multiple Implants/Implant Bridges
Dental implants can be used to fill a larger space if there is more than one missing tooth. This is called an implant supported bridge and is an option for patients who do not want a partial denture.
 
Zoom (In Office) Whitening
Zoom whitening is the tooth whitening method seen on ABC's Extreme Makeover. It uses a gel and light that breaks apart stains on teeth, brightening them up several shades. Prepare to be at our office for approximately 1.5 hours. After Zoom whitening, you will see an instant difference, and we will provide you with a whitening gel to take home to maintain your pearly whites.
 
Take Home Whitening
An option is available to take home whitening trays and the gel (with no Zoom). There is no instant result, but this is still a great way to get your teeth whiter and brighter. It takes a little bit of time, but it still a very popular option.
 
White Fillings
Many patients do not like the appearance of silver or grey fillings in their mouth. In certain aesthetic cases, we can replace your silver fillings with white ones.