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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 an attractive appearance to your smile.

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, all ceramic/porcelain crowns, and implants.



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.  There are two basic ways to do veneers.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin (tooth colored filling material) to the outside of the tooth.  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 made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.  Porcelain veneers are very durable and do not stain or change color over time.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally easier.  Veneers are recommended for teeth that are in good general shape where only the appearance and shape are the concern.


What is CEREC®?   Single Appointment Crowns!

CEREC® comes from the dental terminology, CEramic REConstruction.  It means that Dr. Stephenson can conservatively restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that is strong and durable, and that matches the natural color of other teeth.  The process replaces the traditional "crown/cap" and allows a higher-quality, more natural replacement with material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel.



Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out.  The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed.  Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures.  Crowns form a complete cover over a  weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage.  A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat.  Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown.  Between the two visits the crown is made.  We prefer to use all ceramic crowns, but occasionally (for added strength) a gold-based allow is incorporated underneath the porcelain.  During this time a temporary crown is worn.  In the second visit this temporary is removed and the crown is cemented in place.



This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth.  The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically.  Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science.  The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material.  The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things.  Teeth use their neighbors for support, and with one missing, they start to "drift."  As this worsens, the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ.  The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost. Gum disease can become a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.



This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive.  Our office offers  two whitening options:

1. Sinsational Smile -Whitening 





2.  Zoom2 Whitening System



What is ZOOM 2 teeth whitening?

ZOOM 2 is a teeth whitening process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

What causes discoloration of teeth?

There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining
substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During the formation of
teeth, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also
cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening?

Almost anyone. However, teeth whitenng may not be as effective or some as it is for others. 
We can determine if you are a viable candidate for ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening through a thorough
oral exam, including a teeth shade assessment.

Do many people whiten their teeth?

More people whiten their teeth than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a
big difference for everyone. The ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening System makes it easier and faster
than ever before.

How does the ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening In-Office System work?

The ZOOM 2 light-activated teeth whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide.
As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching
colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The ZOOM 2 teeth whitening
light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

What does a patient experience during the ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening procedure?

During the teeth whitening procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music.
We offer blankets, pillows back massagers, etc. for your comfort.

Are there any side effects to ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening?

With teeth whitening some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during
treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after completion of the teeth whitening treatment.

How is exposure to the ZOOM 2 teeth whitening light controlled?

The ZOOM 2 teeth whitening procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected.
The clinician is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and
protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure. Light sensitive individuals including those
undergoing PUVA (Psoralen+UV Radiation) therapy or other photo-chemotherapy, as well as patients with
melanoma, should not undergo the ZOOM Teeth Whitening procedure. Also patients taking light sensitive
drugs or substances, should consult their physician prior to ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening.

How long does ZOOM 2 In-Office Whitening take?

The complete teeth whitening procedure takes just over an hour. The teeth whitening begins with a
preparation period followed by 45 minutes of whitening. A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual
ZOOM 2 Teeth Whitening session.

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Raleigh, NC 27615
919-241-5161 (Phone) 919.457.1411 (Fax)