A veneer is a thin covering of porcelain placed on a tooth. Veneers can be placed on any surface of the tooth for either aesthetic reasons or to address functional changes. When placed on the front surfaces of the front teeth, they are typically used to change shape, color, close spaces, repair extensive decay and regain correct dimensions from wear or trauma. They can block the stains from dark teeth and can also be placed on the biting surfaces of back teeth (onlays) to change the bite, restore worn tooth structure and/or decrease sensitivity. They can also be placed on the inside surfaces of certain teeth to improve the way the upper and lower jaw functions. Veneers provide an effective means to restore the proper form and function of your teeth, and ultimately, your smile. They can last for decades and require the same basic maintenance as natural teeth, making them a makeover tool of choice for those seeking the ultimate in current state-of-the-art dentistry.
Many companies are marketing "no prep" veneers directly to the public. These can be viable and aesthetic choices in the right situations. Dr. Van Dyke trained with the American Society for Clinical Research, which pioneered the concept of minimal and no prep veneers, and is thus aware of the limitations in their use.
If dentures are the correct option for you, Dr. Van Dyke has the skill set and attention to detail to create a set of dentures that look so natural that no one except you will ever know you wear them. Your custom denture can be comfortable and provide your face with support needed to give it a natural looking and more youthful appearance.
An additional process you may want to consider is the placement of implants under the dentures, which helps stabilize the dentures and provide a very effective chewing surface. With creative designs by our dentists, and a wide range of choices on how to attach the dentures to the implants, you will not only be able to chew through hard and sticky foods, but also have the opportunity to uncover the roof of the mouth in the design, so you can regain the sense of texture and taste that traditional dentures have taken away.
Enjoy the pleasures of the food you want and get rid of denture adhesives for good!
Professional tooth whitening is an excellent means of brightening up a dull smile. A whiter smile can help you feel better about yourself, and help you make a better impression. Drinking cola, tea, coffee, and red wine, as well as smoking, can contribute to stained and darkened teeth. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening systems often lead to unsatisfactory results; however professional whitening can help your smile look its best.
We offer a variety of whitening procedures that are custom designed for your particular case, including Zoom!,™ as well as several different types of custom tray procedures designed to safely and effectively whiten your teeth. For those very difficult to lighten cases, or cases which have not achieved the expected results, Island Tower Dentistry has discovered the most powerful and effective method known to whiten those stubborn cases—the KOR™ Whitening System. Please consult with our dentists to determine the best technique for your particular condition.
The contour of the gum tissue that helps frame the smile is a critical part of defining what makes a terrific and bright smile. Dr. Van Dyke is an absolute artist in creating the proper form to the gums by using a laser to gently sculpt the tissue.
The edges of the natural teeth can also be artistically sculpted to bring about a more symmetrical smile, if necessary. Sometimes this non-traumatic artistry can be all that a smile needs to go from good to fantastic!
All of the above represents the actual transformation of the smile. It can involve anything from simply whitening the teeth to a full mouth rehabilitation. What sets our dentists apart is the skillful manner in which they, by carefully discussing your goals, desires, financial considerations, can bring together the appropriate materials and techniques to create your unique and most attractive smile.
Contact Island Tower Dentistry
Dr. Van Dyke and his qualified team of dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office support staff are ready to assist you with all of your dental needs. To contact
Island Tower Dentistry regarding a dental concern or to make an appointment, call 239-394-1004
. Our office is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.