Feel Confident in Your Smile
At Lifepoint Dental Partners, we offer much more than cosmetic dental treatment. We have your long-term oral health in mind. Everything we do is with you and your future well-being at the forefront of our approach. We believe a better standard of cosmetic dentistry, by adopting an ethical attitude that puts you first.
We believe the best way is always to achieve the most natural fresh-looking beautiful smile possible by using the minimum of cosmetic treatment necessary. Sometimes simply replacing old discolored composite fillings with practically invisible new white fillings can make a dramatic difference.
Often a combination of cosmetic dentistry techniques is necessary. This may include one or more of the following procedures:
- tooth/teeth whitenings
- composite bonding
- gum contouring
Every person is different and, after listening carefully to your concerns, we fully discuss all your cosmetic dentistry options and create the best treatment plan for you. From the planning stages right up to maintenance after completion of treatment, the emphasis is on long-term health as well as beauty.
It’s an approach we know our patients trust and why we continue to take patients every day on recommendation. Contact us today at Lifepoint Dental to learn what we can do for your smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening In Des Moines
Lifepoint Dental Partners offers cosmetic teeth whitening in all of our locations. We feature Zoom Tooth Whitening.
Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. This will help you and your dentist agree on the whitening product or technique that’s best for you.
During your consultation and evaluation, your dentist also will note existing dental work, such as crowns and veneers, which will not respond to conventional whitening agents. The complete procedure takes less than an hour, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session.
The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The dentist or dental assistant then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, watch TV or listen to music. The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth. (source yourdentistryguide.com 2011, zoomnow.com 2011)
A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth.
Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. Tooth fillings colored to look like a natural tooth are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings, are made of a plastic dental resin. Composite Resin Dental Fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. Many dental insurance plans cover their use.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits, leading to secondary health problems like malnutrition. By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, dental implants stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.