Kathleen Nichols Dentistry enjoys helping their patients keep their smiles healthy and beautiful. Their specialized expertise in smile design and restoring teeth creates beautiful and long lasting solutions for their patients. Thanks to their state-of-the-art equipment, Kathleen Nichols Dentistry can perform a variety of smile-transforming treatments right in their office.
A beautiful healthy smile can transform your life. Modern cosmetic dentistry can change your image by brightening, straightening, or reshaping your teeth. If you have teeth that are worn, shifted, missing, or broken then a smile makeover may be the answer for you. Smile Makeover involves careful consideration of your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, tooth shape, gum tissue, and lips position in order to develop a plan to create Your Best Smile Ever!
You could be a candidate for a smile makeover if you have any number of common dental problems such as...
Smile Makeovers can change your life. If you believe you can benefit from a smile makeover, please contact us.
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “whitening” procedure. Whitening can dramatically improve the appearance of those stains resulting in a brighter more attractive smile!
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. We have different options available to create the dazzling smile you have always wanted. We offer the take-home method of bleaching in which custom trays are fabricated and bleaching gel is placed in the trays at home over a period of time until the desired result is achieved. If you want instantly brighter teeth we offer in-office teeth whitening treatments which can lighten your teeth as much as eight shades in about an hour! In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice.
Over the counter whitening products are different than professional whitening products in their concentration. Custom made whitening trays made at our dental office offer superior fit and less leakage of the whitening gel that can harm your root surfaces and gums, and possibly the nerves of your teeth if used improperly on a consistent basis. Though over the counter whitening products are easily accessible, it is often best to use professional teeth whitening to insure the safety and efficacy of the whitening process.
Dental bonding is a process that can fix minor imperfections of the teeth. This is a great solution if you have spaces, cracks, or stains in your teeth, and is excellent for small defects in the teeth. Bonding involves adhering composite resin material to the front of the tooth. This material has been matched to the color of the tooth, so that it looks like part of your natural tooth.
First, the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it in place. A gel is then applied to micro-etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bonding agent is applied so that the bonding material adheres to the surface. Then, the bonding material is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. It is then shaped and polished to a lustrous finish.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can be used to whiten teeth, reduce or eliminate spaces between teeth, repair broken or chipped teeth, or correct misshapen or crooked teeth. Veneers are a fantastic way to repair or enhance the appearance of front teeth.
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is comparable to normal teeth.
A Frenectomy is the repositioning or clipping of one of the muscle attachments either between the gums and the lip or at the base of the tongue. This procedure is used to remove a muscle attachment that interferes with normal movement or speech. Additionally, often times these muscle attachments, when positioned closer to the margins of the gum tissue, can cause excessive loss and recession of the gum tissue around the teeth. Removing or lowering this attachment can help to prevent further gum recession and root exposure. While six of the main frenum attachments (muscle attachments) are between the inner part of the lips and the gum tissue, the other main frenum attachment is located at the base of the tongue, and can restrict its movement. In more extreme cases, the individual would not be able to extend their tongue all the way, and the attachment would force the tongue to curl up. By relieving this muscle attachment, it enables full extension of the tongue and proper speech, which may have been hindered before.
Conventional treatment for releasing the frenum involved a procedure where the frenum was cut with a blade or scissors, with or without sutures to reposition its attachment. Today, there is a procedure called "laser frenectomy" in which the Waterlase is used to zap the frenum with laser pulses without even touching it, gently severing it from its attachment.
Healing time for laser frenectomy is reduced drastically, as the waterlase does not create tissue trauma or charring, as some older lasers did. The actual procedure takes 3-5 minutes, and full healing with new skin is evident within 10 days. The new frenum attachment is at least 5 mm higher up, clearing the gums and releasing the tongue or the lip respectively. There is minimal post-operative discomfort involved with laser frenectomy. The area feels sore for 2-3 days.
The nonsurgical laser is a visible light laser that is used to help detect decay in the pits and grooves common in back teeth where it can be difficult to discover. This technology allows us to detect the decay in a very early stage and determine if it needs to be filled or just cleaned out and sealed. In both cases the tooth is made healthy with minimal loss of tooth structure and no filling is visible. These laser dentistry procedures can most often be performed without the need for any anesthesia.
Soft tissue lasers are used exclusively for cutting or removal of soft tissue from the gum or other parts of the mouth. They are also used for killing bacteria in periodontal pockets and to stimulate the cells in the area for more rapid and complete healing.
The hard tissue laser is used primarily for the removal of diseased tooth structure. It has the benefit of leaving a clean, sterile surface that kills all bacteria prior to placing the filling.