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Cosmetic Dentistry

In a study completed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, researchers found that 9 out of 10 patients agree that an attractive smile is an important asset. They also found that 75% of Americans agree that an unattractive smile can hurt an applicant’s chance for career success. Having a smile you love can increase your confidence and boost your self-image. If you are unhappy with your smile, you may be surprised to know that modern cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions to common aesthetic problems. Our office provides the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry to our patients. Whether you are seeking simple tooth whitening or to repair crooked or damaged teeth, we can help you to achieve a more attractive smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are artistically designed custom thin porcelain layers that are bonded on to teeth to create straight, healthy looking teeth without the use of orthodontics. It is usually a 2 visit procedure. During the first visit the dentist removes a microscopic amount of enamel & takes an impression, which is sent to our highly qualified technicians who design the Custom Veneers. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks for the veneers to be returned from the laboratory.
Our office also specializes in the Revolutionary No shots, No drills and Painless Lumineers. Call our office to find out if you are a candidate for this revolutionary procedure for enhancing your smile.

Lumineers

Lumineers (trademark)are porcelain veneers made with patented Cerinate (trademark)porcelain technology. They are the painless alternative to traditional veneers and crowns. They can permanently change the color of your teeth and align them in two dental visits. Lumineers are the permanent cosmetic solution for stained ,chipped , discolored and maligned teeth.In most cases the procedure can be done with no shots and little or no preparation of the tooth. They can be fabricated to be contact lens thin. This protects and prevents the unnecessary removal of sensitive tooth structure. Lumineers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.

Procedure

On your first consultation appointment for lumineers your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and examine your teeth for possible cavites and gum disease. A routine cleaning is recommended prior to lumineer placement and every 6 months thereafter. Optimal gingival health is vital for any restorative success. Your dentist may also recommend whitening your teeth prior to lumineer placement so that your other teeth can blend with the lumineers.

On your second appointment photographs are taken to communicate with the cerinate lab to get the best cosmetic outcome. The photographs also help you to see the dramatic change in your smile once the lumineers are placed. Then an impression or mold of your teeth is taken and along with the photographs sent to the Cerinate lab for the fabrication of the revolutionary Lumineers. It usually takes 10 working days for the Lumineers to be fabricated.

On your final appointment your dentist bonds the Lumineers with a special bond onto your teeth. This appointment probably takes 30 minutes and is the longest appointment in the whole procedure.

In just 2-3 visits to your LUMINEERS dentist, you can have a custom-made smile that is clinically proven to last over 20 years - and it is completely reversible since your natural tooth structure is still intact! Call our office to get your perfect smile today!

Clear Braces

ClearCorrect

Clear correct is a type of orthodontics using a series of clear aligners to gradually move your teeth into alignment. Because the aligners are clear, they are nearly invisible.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is an adult, cosmetic focused type of fixed orthodontics for adults who would like straight teeth and a beautiful smile without spending two years or more in braces. This type of orthodontics is not designed to correct major bite or alignment problems, but will produce straight, esthetically pleasing teeth in approximately 6 months. The braces and wires are only minimally visible due to the wires and braces being tooth colored.

FastBraces™ Orthodontics

FastBraces™ is a revolutionary type of orthodontics which uses a patented triangular metal bracket system to accomplish tooth movement more rapidly than traditional metal braces with great stability. Most FastBraces™ orthodontic patients can be finished in one year or less. This type of orthodontics is perfect for someone desiring to have straight teeth before an important event such as a wedding. FastBraces™ has a lifetime warranty. If you are regularly wearing your retainers and tooth movement occurs, you can go to your original provider, or another FastBraces™ provider in the U.S. and receive retreatment for only the cost of records and the cost for retainers after retreatment.

Tooth Colored Fillings

In the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings that are alloys for silver and mercury. These fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to Tooth colored or composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utilize a soft white plastic substance that is hardened with a blue light. Herrington Dental, P.C. offers composite fillings as an alternative to silver fillings in most situations.

Porcelain Inlays/Onlays

Replacing large fillings in back teeth often requires stronger, more precisely contoured restorations. These are called inlays or onlays depending on whether they are being placed inside the tooth or on its outer surface. These restorations need to be custom-made at an off-site dental lab; therefore, two visits may be required. Once the dental office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient returns to the dentist's office, where the restorations are bonded into place.

Onlays protect teeth similarly to crowns, but conserve more natural tooth structure. Onlays should provide decades of service. Our Doctor has restored beauty and function to the teeth of thousands of patients through the placement of custom-crafted inlays and onlays.

Tooth Whitening

As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. Our practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office Saphire tooth whitening to our patients.

In-Office Tooth Whitening

Saphire

Professional tooth whitening System

The Saphire Chairside Whitening system is a scientifically advanced, tooth whitening procedure. It is a safe and effective procedure. Your teeth will become dramatically whiter in less than hour! It is an ideal procedure for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Saphire in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

Procedure

The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The Saphire clinician then applies the proprietary Saphire whitening gel, which is designed to be used with a specially designed light. The Saphire light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration.

The complete procedure takes less than an hour. Following the preparation period, three cycles of 15 minutes each totally to 45 minutes completes the procedure.

Take-home Tooth Whitening

We will construct custom made bleaching trays which allow for touchup with a home bleaching product in the future if needed.

FAQ’s

Is whitening safe?

Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. It is not recommended to children under the age of 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

How long do the results last?

To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily along with regular professional cleaning. Occasional touch ups with the specially designed touch up kits help keep your teeth their brightest. These touch up kits can be purchased at the office. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.

How does the Saphire in office system work?

Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening gel. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching the colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.The Saphire light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and increases the effectiveness of the whitening gel.

Are there any side effects?

Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Saphire light generates minimal heat which may be the source of discomfort. Minor tingling sensation may be experienced after the procedure which may last for a couple of days, but will always dissipate. Your dentist may recommend the application of a flouride gel after the procedure to relieve the symptoms.

Take your first step to feeling good, looking great and making a memorable impression every time you smile. You owe it to yourself!

Call our office today to schedule your bleaching appointment!

(A cleaning is recommended prior to the whitening session)

All-Porcelain Crowns

If you ever had the notion that dental crowns are conspicuous and unattractive, then you've never noticed a beautifully crafted all-porcelain crown.

Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contour. When done properly, crowns should be extremely difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark lines are apparent at the gum line.

Our office commonly replaces unsightly crowns with beautiful new porcelain crowns.

There are different kinds of Porcelain Crowns. Your Dentist will decide which is right for you depending on the color of your tooth.

Our Address

Dr. William G. Herrington, PC
Med. Bldg., 1515 Hazel, Ste. 200,
Carthage, Missouri 64836

417-358-4231

417-358-9387

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Office Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - Noon2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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