“We strive for perfection to achieve excellence” – John Kois
As an Accredited member of the AACD, Dr. Seay’s approach to cosmetics is as artistic as it is functional. Dental treatments for cosmetic cases include resin bonding, crowns, veneers, bonding, metal filling replacements, gum-lifts, and teeth-whitening treatment options. Each case is individually based upon your unique needs.
Crowns are the treatment of choice in situations where tooth decay has destroyed most of the tooth, when trauma has caused damage, or in cases of severe enamel erosion. They are also a great option for people who grind and clench their teeth to the point of deterioration. Dental porcelain can be sculpted to look like natural tooth enamel, while providing both durability and resilience.
As an Accredited Dentist, choosing the right lab with the right material is an important step when considering porcelain. Dr. Amanda Seay guarantees her caliber of porcelain work for a number of years. Because a crown replaces the entire external portion of the tooth, porcelain crowns are an excellent choice for restoring a damaged tooth to its proper form and function. With Dr. Seay, crowns are not limited to simply replacing the original tooth – they can even be designed to create a superior, more desirable esthetic appearance.
Veneers are thin, custom-made moldings that cover the fronts of unsightly teeth. Like porcelain, they are to be made with the correct technique and materials. They are crafted from tooth-colored, high-tech materials to portray a bright but natural smile.
Patients should consider veneers as an alternative to traditional crowns. While thinner and smaller, they cover unattractive gaps and can mask stained, misshapen, or crooked teeth. Veneers may be your best option if a tooth appears to have a healthy, stable structure but the need for small changes are still evident.
Veneers, like all porcelain work, are intended to last for many years. However, in contrast to most bonding materials, veneers will not change color over time. Because a small amount of tooth is reduced to fit the veneers, the process is irreversible. Individualized consultations provided by Dr. Seay will help to determine approximately how long your veneers will last.
Benefits of Veneers
1. Realistic Appearance – Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to distinguish between veneers and natural teeth.
2. Stain-Resistant – Custom-made veneers resist stains from coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke. They are made from high-tech, extremely durable materials that are easy to polish.
3. Perfect Match – A minimal amount of the natural tooth must be altered to fit the veneer. Veneers can be matched to make even the darkest teeth appear to be bright white.
4. Ease Of Use – Minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps can be quickly and easily corrected through the use of veneers.
Maintaining Your Veneers and Crowns
When considering veneers or crowns, there are some important points to keep in mind before undergoing treatment. Like natural teeth, it’s important to remember to brush and floss regularly to prevent decay. Veneers and crowns generally cannot be damaged by abrasion from your toothbrush or floss; however, it is important to choose dental products that help maintain your new porcelain work. We advise continuing with bi-annual cleanings and checkups to keep your oral health up to par. Good oral hygiene, paired with the right products, will ensure that your porcelain remains stable and provides you with a beautiful, resilient smile.
Not unlike natural teeth, patients with veneers are advised to avoid opening nutshells, chewing on bones, or biting down on any other matter that may cause the veneers to chip or crack.
Bonding (Resin Composite)
Bonding is a conservative treatment option that can provide major changes in the appearance of your teeth. The material mimics that of natural enamel and can be used to repair chips, close gaps, alter color, and improve alignment.
Direct composite bonding is used to recreate a smile in an additive manner, requiring minimal (or zero) tooth reduction. Direct bonding, in the hands of a skilled operator, is less costly than porcelain veneers or crowns. Additionally, with proper maintenance, they can be a long-lasting alternative.
Transitional bonding is used for anything from mock-up to full-mouth rehabilitation. It’s called transitional because it allows the patient to segue into more permanent dentistry in an affordable fashion (or as the treatment sequence demands). Plus, it allows your dentist time to work out any bite-related and esthetic issues. Transitional bonding is an important tool in the skill-set of an accomplished cosmetic dentist.
Replacing Metal Fillings
Simply replacing amalgam (silver) fillings can dynamically change the way your teeth look when laughing or smiling. Outdated, unsightly fillings can now be replaced with filling materials such as resins, porcelains, or crowns. Dr. Seay recommends replacing these not only for esthetic purposes, but because amalgam begins to deteriorate over time. Procedures change from improvement to necessity when the amalgam begins to crack, break, and allow bacteria to penetrate the cracks of the teeth.
Excessive or uneven gums can be corrected with a gum lift – a cosmetic surgery resulting in a balanced, pleasing smile. A symmetrical smile is often a quick, noticeable change that instantly produces satisfying results.
A brighter smile is often a quick and affordable solution to improving your smile. Dr. Seay’s practice offers a healthy, effective solution for stained teeth.
Dental implant restorations allow for the patient to achieve highly functional results, made from the best quality porcelain material.
With over 50 years of clinical research and an overall success rate of 95%, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Instead of resting on the gum-line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone by an oral surgeon or periodontist through a process called osseointegration. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The benefit of strength and predictability in implants are far superior to bridges and dentures, as these options can often be problematic. A removable denture or partial can complicate eating or speaking. Fixed bridges affect adjacent healthy teeth and are at risk for recurrent decay and bone loss. Furthermore, these options may result in bone loss in the area, which can lead to other dental problems in the future. Dental implants, however, actually aid eating and speaking, and are not at risk for decay.
A dental implant is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant protruding from the gum line; and the crown, which is created by Dr. Seay. The design of the crown is similar to standard porcelain crown procedure; however, it is fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance. As with standard crowns, quality material is paramount. Dental implants combine the best of modern science and technology, including a team approach between the patient; the restorative dentist (Dr. Seay), who makes the crown for the implant; and the oral surgeon or periodontist, who surgically places the implant. All members of the implant team maintain close communication to ensure the implant’s success.
Dr. Seay is a certified provider for both Invisalign technologies and Inman Aligner services. Both treatment options allow for patients to straighten their smile without the use of metal brackets.
This may be as simple as fixing a shifted tooth or as complex as full-mouth veneers and crowns. Other occasions call for slight teeth movement before cosmetic work begins. If you are not a candidate for Invisalign or an Inman Aligner, we will happily refer you to a trusted orthodontist.
Invisalign works by creating a custom series of aligners (thin, clear retainers similar to a bleaching tray) that are designed to fit your teeth perfectly. Many adults opts for Invisalign because it straightens without the stigma of adult braces. Invisalign can be used for some limited and comprehensive orthodontic cases. The aligners are worn 24/7 except to eat and clean. New Invisalign aligners are needed every two weeks, with visits to our office every 4-6 weeks.
The ideal patient for Inman Aligner treatment is an adult whose bottom and top teeth have started to shift and crowd, usually after having initially had braces. If you need to straighten the upper or lower front four teeth, you are an ideal candidate for the Inman Aligner. Unlike the Invisalign series of clear trays, the Inman Aligner is one clear acrylic retainer with a small, slightly visible metal bar. While the retainer is more bulky than Invisalign, treatment time is often shorter and adjustment are made every two weeks.
SLEEP APNEA & SNORING
Obstructive Sleep Apnea can contribute to multiple health risks, ranging from high blood pressure to death. Offering an alternative treatment to CPAP machines, oral appliances help our patients to stop snoring and get a restful night’s sleep.
Dental Alternative to CPAP
Many of our patients suffer from Sleep Apnea – experiencing fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, anxiety from snoring, interrupted sleep, or CPAP intolerance. The medical risks associated with obstructive sleep apnea are serious. One in seven people who snore experience obstructive sleep apnea, which means you stop breathing for up to two minutes. In severe cases, this can happen up to 100 times an hour! In these cases, the amount of oxygen carried to the bloodstream falls to dangerously low levels with a correspondingly dangerous increase in carbon dioxide.
Dr. Seay now offers a solution for this serious condition, changing lives and offering better health (and sleep!). While the CPAP is the first line of treatment, many cannot tolerate wearing it while they sleep. For those patients, dental advancement appliances are more comfortable and tolerable than CPAP. Studies have shown that oral appliances reduce the number of sleep apnea episodes by 60%, allowing sufficient oxygen to reach the lungs by keeping the air passage open throughout the night. If your CPAP has proven to be unsuccessful, call us for an appointment to review your symptoms and take our Watermark Unit home for a sleep study in the comfort of your own home.
STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY – SMILE STUDIO
Our patients are unique… and their dental work should reflect that! No two faces are alike, and the same goes for teeth. Beauty is more than skin deep – your teeth and smile say more about you than you imagine. We love bringing out your best smile, helping you achieve a youthful appearance, and making you feel sexy. Imagine your smile as your logo. What do you want it to convey?
Join us in our photography studio and change your smile into your own work of art!