Quality Cosmetic Dentistry in Park City, UT

Cosmetic dentistry includes dental procedures that improve a person’s teeth and gums, resulting in a better, more noticeable smile. Although the term cosmetic dentistry is commonly referred to as redundant, since general dentistry is aimed at improving the look and feel of a patient’s teeth; the term focuses more of an emphasis on improving the smile and overall appearance of the teeth.

Dentists who practice cosmetic dentistry have extensive experience in techniques that can greatly improve a person’s confidence and give them a new look on life. A smile can be transformed from a no-tooth grin to a full, brilliant, white smile. It is for these reasons that cosmetic dentistry has become more and more popular throughout the United States.

A beautiful woman with porcelain veneers

Porcelain Dental Veneers have become a popular solution for cosmetically improving the size, shape, length or color of one or more teeth.  A dental veneer is a thin but extremely strong porcelain facing – tooth colored and natural in appearance – that is custom made and tooth colored and natural in texture.  After preparing the tooth, our dentists will have a dental laboratory make the veneer, and then attach it to your natural tooth by bonding it permanently to the front surface.

Porcelain veneers are thin, yet exceptionally strong porcelain shells that are custom made for each tooth and are bonded to the front sides of your natural teeth. High quality porcelain veneers provide long-lasting results and can transform your teeth and smile into a beautiful attribute of your appearance.

Porcelain veneers can be a marvelous remedy for people who need to correct certain dental problems, such as:

  • Chipped or Broken Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Misshapen Teeth
  • Gaps Between Teeth
  • Worn Down Teeth
  • Stained or Discolored Teeth

Not all porcelain veneers are the same, and in some cases there are alternative solutions you should consider. We can help you determine the best solution for you. We use only the highest quality materials and laboratory to produce your porcelain veneers, which is critical for getting the results you expect from porcelain veneers. Mountain High Family Dental will make sure your porcelain veneers perfectly match the form, color, size, and even translucency of your natural teeth. You will be thrilled with the result, which will be a beautiful and radiant smile!

The lady is showing her bonded teeth

Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using a high intensity curing light. Typically used in cosmetic dentistry, for cosmetic purposes, tooth bonding literally bonds the materials to the tooth. Applications for tooth bonding include;

  • To fill the spaces between teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • To change the shape of a tooth
  • To change the color of a tooth
  • As an alternative to amalgam dental fillings or to protect a tooth with exposed gum or nerve
  • To repair decayed teeth
  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth

Tooth bonding, also called dental bonding is a procedure that takes very little time to prepare. Typically, unless the bonding is used on exposed nerves or to fill a decayed tooth, dental bonding does not require the use of anesthetics, making it a fast and comfortable procedure.

Generally there are two types of dental bonding:

Direct Bonding

The process where a dentist uses tooth-colored composites to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps and build up worn down teeth. These materials may also be directly applied and sculpted to the surface of teeth in order to maximize the enhancement of a smile.

Adhesive Bonding

Caring for bonded teeth is the same as caring for natural teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and routine check-ups, as directed by your dentist, will help to maintain the bonded teeth and make them last a long time. One thing to avoid with bonded teeth is biting hard objects such as fingernails, ice, or hard types of food.

Dental bonding is a good choice that can solve a number of dental health problems. It is typically the most common and least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedure. Overall dental bonding is a relatively short procedure and requires little to no removal of tooth enamel. It is also relatively pain free and seldom requires the use of anesthetics, making for a short and comfortable dental appointment.

Dentistry has come a long way since the days of amalgam silver fillings for tooth restorations. At Mountain High Family Dental, we use either white resin composite or porcelain Cerec fillings to restore teeth.

Tooth Colored Composite Fillings

After a thorough dental examination, our dentists will recommend resin composite fillings for most smaller restorations.  Tooth colored resin fillings are made of ceramic, glass and plastic material compounds, are natural looking, and can be used on front and back teeth.  Metal free resin fillings are bonded, allowing them to harden quickly and can be used to fix cracked or chipped teeth.

Porcelain Inlays/Onlays

For larger restorations, we may recommend a porcelain inlay or onlay.

A dental inlay can be an ideal alternative for a tooth with a larger area in need of restoration but not requiring a full crown.   Similarly, a porcelain onlay, also known as a “three-quarter crown”, is the best option for teeth with a larger surface area to be covered.

Many offices prepare inlays and onlays in two or more office visits, messy impressions, temporaries and labs.  However at Mountain High Family Dental, we have the equipment and technology to design and create custom all porcelain inlays and onlays in one visit.  Cerec inlays and onlays are not only convenient for our patients, but they are custom designed for superior fit, tooth colored and natural looking, durable and long lasting due to the porcelain hybrid material, and metal free.

A woman who undergone full mouth restoration

The purpose of a full mouth restoration is to correct the imperfections that keep you from having a perfect and attractive smile. Here are the most common imperfections that can be fixed:

  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Decayed or deteriorating teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Teeth that are worn out or are uneven
  • Destructive bite and destructive chewing patterns

Most people have one or more of these imperfections, but a full mouth restoration can correct these and add so much to your appearance. Using Cosmetic and Restorative dental procedures, all of these imperfections can be fixed, giving you a perfect smile and attractive appearance.

TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a serious jaw disorder that can be treated at Mountain High Family Dental. If you experience serious pain in your jaw, acute headaches and other annoying TMD symptoms, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). If you are suffering from TMD, a full mouth restoration may require the utilization of neuromuscular dentistry in combination with the art of cosmetic dentistry to create a smile that is functional, healthy, and attractive.

Benefits of a Full Mouth Restoration

A full mouth restoration assures that your teeth come together correctly when you close your mouth and that all teeth work in the balanced harmonious moving patterns for which they are designed. Having a proper bite and correct moving patterns allows the muscles and joint to function properly and protects them throughout your life–which keeps you out of pain. Any compromised teeth are cleared of decay and rebuilt to protect your teeth from fractures, and wear and tear for years to come.

Personalized Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

Mountain High Family Dental understands that every person has unique needs. That’s why we personalize every full mouth restoration treatment to your unique needs and goals. Mountain High Family Dental will work with you to customize an cosmetic dentistry solution that works for your budget.

If you know that you need braces to straighten your teeth, but you’re uncomfortable about wearing a mouth full of metal, you should know that there is now an alternative to metal braces. Invisalign® is a new and innovative method that people are using to align their teeth. Invisalign is now the “invisible braces” alternative!

Invisalign® treatment uses removable and clear teeth aligners as opposed to metal aligners. The aligners are clear plastic and virtually invisible. Every two to four weeks you receive a new aligner. Each aligner moves your teeth little by little until you reach the desired results. If Invisalign sounds like an attractive solution for you, our staff can provide you with this new and exciting alternative to metal braces.

With Invisalign® you can straighten your teeth in as little a 3 months! This is much faster than regular metal braces, for which treatment can typically last two to three years. The actual Invisalign treatment period, however, will largely depend upon the severity of your alignment case. Success of Invisalign also depends on patient compliance, so the treatment period will vary according to how regularly the patient keeps the aligners in his or her mouth each day.

The cost of Invisalign® largely depends on the number of aligners the patients requires and the length of the treatment period. Another important advantage of Invisalign is better hygiene.

If you are considering braces and live in the Park City or Summit, Utah area, we invite you to contact our office to schedule a consultation.

illustration of dental implants

One of the most effective options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth is the use of dental implants. Dental implants have two parts: the metal stem and the crown. The metal stem is placed within the jawbone and replaces the tooth’s root. A porcelain white crown is secured to the top of the implant stem, restoring your natural smile and giving you the function and stability you need to chew again.

A dental implant is a method for restoring a tooth that has decayed, worn down, or cracked and cannot be saved.

If you are missing or have lost a tooth, it can be the source of embarrassment and awkwardness. It effects the way you eat and awkwardly inhibits your natural smile. Over time, the consequences of missing teeth become worse, such as allowing surrounding teeth to drift, limiting the types of food you can eat and the continued loss of bone mass where your tooth used to be. Implant dentistry can restore your dental health by allowing you to eat normally, smile confidently, and brush and floss routinely, just as you would with your natural teeth.

Dental implants procedure

Dental implant placement is performed by several highly trained specialists. A metal anchor, which functions as the tooth’s root, is inserted into your jawbone, and then the gum incision is closed. After the jaw and gums have had enough time to heal and settle, a custom-made dental crown is then placed onto the anchor.

Implant dentistry takes time to complete because the dental implant anchor requires a certain amount of time to fuse to the bone before the replacement tooth can be attached to it. Because every person and procedure are different, this may take a few weeks or a few months.

If you are missing one or more teeth you should consider Dental Implants. Other options include bridges or implant retained dentures.

If you are considering dental implants, we invite you to contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.

In-Office Whitening

Get a “Sinsational” smile with our convenient and extremely effective chair-side tooth whitening system.

Visit the Sinsational System website here.

It’s easy to feel self-conscious or unhappy if your teeth have turned grey or yellow. Fortunately, the Sinsational system offers an easy fix. We can treat all of your teeth in a single appointment.

There are all sorts of reasons why you may be struggling with discolored teeth. Genetics can play a role, especially as you age. Discoloration is a side-effect of many prescription drugs. There are also the usual suspects: tobacco use, coffee, tea, red wine and sodas.

Adjusting lifestyle factors can help you enjoy whiter teeth after you’ve received your Sinsational treatment, but lifestyle changes can’t undo damage that has already been done. In addition, whitening strips and other over-the-counter treatments can’t really tackle stains that have accumulated over the course of years. That’s why we offer this procedure right here in our office.

The Sinsational Smile bleach formula is safe and effective. It uses a Carbamide Peroxide gel which is activated by a blue LED light that is cool to the touch and safe to use. Carbamide Peroxide turns into a host of tiny oxygen bubbles which gently scrub the stains right off of your teeth.

This procedure should be done on clean, healthy teeth, so we’ll give you a deep cleaning before we begin. Once we’re done with the in-office procedure you’ll be given a Sinsational Whitening pen to take home. This can be used to keep your teeth whiter, longer.

So contact us if you’ve been hiding that smile. The procedure takes less than an hour, is very safe, and is completely painless.

Helpful At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

If you prefer to whiten your teeth at a more gradual pace or on your own schedule, at-home solutions are also available from our team. The patient’s job is to wear their new Opalescence oral trays and high-grade whitening gel together whenever they have the chance for a certain amount of time each day – this can be done when you’re completing chores, watching TV, or simply relaxing after putting the kids to bed. After a few weeks of diligent use, patients should start to see significant, beautiful changes.