COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.  

WHITENING - INCLUDING Zoom!
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods: Zoom!, passive tray whitening, and professional strength white strips.

Zoom! is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It's safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

 

The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn from 30 minutes once or twice daily to  overnight. The entire process can take 3-4 weeks of daily use, but noticeable differences will usually be made after just 2 weeks. Many different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.

The end results whether using trays at home or doing Zoom! is the same. The cost of the tray method is about half compared to Zoom!, and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.

VENEERS
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

LUMINEERS BY CERINATE has developed the contact lens-thin porcelain technology that provides beauty and strength, while preserving your natural tooth structure.  That means you can correct a wide variety of unsightly dental distortions or conditions, such as:

  • tooth discoloration
  • noticeable gaps
  • permanent stains
  • broken or misshapen teeth
  • lengthen short teeth
  • LUMINEERS can even bond to existing crowns and bridgework without having to replace them

Have you ever wondered how you can have a brighter smile with straighter, permanently whiter teeth, painlessly?  Dr. Palmer is a certified provider of Lumineers by Cerinate. LUMINEERS porcelain veneers can transform your smile without removal of sensitive tooth structure, in most cases. The porcelain used to create LUMINEERS is extremely strong, allowing LUMINEERS to be much thinner than traditional porcelain veneers.  Since the porcelain veneer is thinner, it closely resembles natural teeth and doesn’t require removal of sensitive tooth structure.  If tooth reduction is needed, often only minimal amounts of enamel are removed and the sensitive part of the tooth is not touched.  This eliminates the need for a shot during the procedure and the possibility of sensitivity afterward.  We will gladly share this exciting procedure with you and let you know what LUMINEERScan do to give you the smile of your dreams.

INVISALIGN
Dr. Palmer is a certified provider of Invisalign. Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.

Contact Us

James C. Palmer, DDS

(318) 927-6152
729 West Main Street Homer, LA 71040