Porcelain Veneers | ZOOM Teeth Whitening | Metal Free Crowns and Bridges | Direct Bonding | Your “Trial Smile” | Invisalign Tooth Straightening
At Windmiller & Carlson Distinctive Dentistry, our cosmetic dentistry can give you a smile that meets even the exacting standards of beauty pageant judges. In his 30-plus years as a dentist, Dr. Ned Windmiller has beautified the smiles of many Minnesotans, including the 2011 winner of the Miss Minnesota pageant. He is also a diplomate in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of layered ceramic, which are affixed to the front of your teeth to whiten, straighten, and correct flaws. Our dentists will occasionally remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to allow room for veneers, but are often able to complete the veneering process without any reduction or damage to your teeth. Veneers are highly stain-resistant and are translucent so that they resemble healthy, white tooth enamel.
As the years go by simply aging, and other factors, can begin to take a toll on our teeth. Colas, coffee, red wine and dark berries are all treats that can darken the color of your teeth’s enamel. Likewise, tobacco products can leave stains on your teeth, or a traumatic injury can cause a tooth to discolor internally. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the embarrassment of a smile that isn’t as white as you’d like it to be. Windmiller & Carlson Dentistry offers the revolutionary Zoom! teeth whitening process, which has been known to brighten teeth by up to ten shades. The procedure only takes about an hour, because a combination of whitening gel and a special light speeds up the whitening process.
Metal Free Crowns and Bridges
In the past, dental restorations were primarily made of dark metals that made them instantly stick out in the smile. Thankfully, we’re no longer living in the past, and now we can provide crowns and bridges made of 100% dental porcelain. This material is strong, durable, and well-known for its ability to mimic the appearance of real enamel, even down to how it reflects light. With it, we can create a restoration that only you and your dentist will know isn’t real!
Minor chips, cracks, gaps, and stains are no match for direct bonding, a fast and easy treatment that can improve the appearance of the smile in just an hour or less. Drs. Carlson and Windmiller are highly trained and able to artistically re-create the look of your natural tooth directly. Your dentist will apply a tooth-colored composite resin to any damaged or missing enamel, and they’ll use it to sculpt the tooth to perfection, hiding any flaw in the process. It’s one of the simplest and most affordable cosmetic procedures available today.
Your “Trial Smile”
The aesthetic training of our cosmetic dentists benefits our patients seeking smile enhancements of all types. We have the experience and training to ensure your new smile will compliment your features and fit naturally with your face. Most importantly your new smile should not just meet our exacting standards, but be exactly what YOU want. For those reasons, we work with the finest dental labs that utilize modern materials for natural-looking veneers and crowns. We even have ways for you to “try-on” your new smile before you commit to any treatment with our Trial Smile!
Invisalign Tooth Straightening
If you’d like a smile with straighter teeth but you are reluctant to wear traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, then consider Invisalign. This orthodontic system uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. Dr. Carlson and Dr Hawn will work closely with technicians at Invisalign to develop a treatment plan that addresses the specific alignment problems of your smile. As you go through your treatment, you’ll wear each aligner for one to two weeks before moving on to the next one in the series. All you have to do is wear your aligners for about 22 hours a day and watch your teeth gradually move into proper position. And, because your aligners are clear, you can look forward to improving your smile without drawing attention to the fact that you’re straightening your teeth!