As our patients grow, many of them prefer a private dental setting. We have three private rooms in our office for their comfort. They all have televisions and a choice of movies available for viewing. We see patients through the age of 25. It is our privilege to get to know our patients from early childhood through high school, college and often beyond!
Sometimes teeth may have discolorations that can’t be brushed off. Cosmetic dentistry can help. For teenagers, cosmetic bonding (a high tech resin) is used to cover/mask the desired area. Shades can be mixed to create the ideal tooth color. The procedure usually takes only one visit and can have a big impact on the esthetics of a smile.
This resin material can also be used to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma. A tooth that has been chipped can be filled in to match the missing piece.
When our teenage patients want a brighter smile, often after completing orthodontics, we offer professional strength whitening that is only available through dentists.
Stains on teeth can be classified in one of two ways: extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains live between the microcracks in your enamel and deep within your dentin (the layer of tooth underneath your enamel). Whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses may be able to remove some of the extrinsic stains on your teeth. Only teeth whitening agents can remove the stubborn extrinsic stains and the unsightly intrinsic stains that cause your teeth to look discolored.
Whitening gels contain an active whitening ingredient (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) that penetrates the enamel to get to discolored molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in the teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, your child is left with a brighter, whiter smile.
Wisdom teeth (3rd permanent molars) try to erupt into the mouth most commonly during high school or early college years. As human jaws are getting shorter through evolution, many people don’t have room for these teeth to physically enter the mouth. This is especially true of the lower wisdom teeth. This is called an impaction.
By proactively taking x-rays, Dr. Ted will observe the teeth and determine if and when their removal will be necessary. We don’t wait until pain or swelling starts. A timely referral to the oral surgeon for removal (usually while asleep) eliminates the problem before it occurs.
Dr. Ted works closely with experienced and highly skilled oral surgeons.