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Porcelain Veneers can change the shape, color, length, or width of your teeth. Veneers are a thin, semi-translucent laminate permanently bonded to your teeth. While they are not suitable for every patient, veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving the front teeth, including diastemas (spaces between teeth), broken or chipped teeth, unsightly, stained, or washed-out fillings, permanently stained or discolored teeth that can't be bleached, or crooked teeth.
One of the great advantages of veneers is that the procedure usually takes only two visits. Veneers can be as strong or stronger than natural teeth. Of course, individuals vary in their ability to care for and maintain their new smile.
Dr. Kraus will design the appropriate shape and proportion of your veneers to match your face and skin tone. He customizes all of his cases to the individual. There are no "one size fits all" in our practice.
A gummy smile is one of the most overlooked conditions in dentistry. Patients usually accept this condition thinking they just have short teeth. The problem, however, is not short teeth, but most often, excessive tissue. Excess gum tissue covers the unexposed enamel resulting in a gummy smile. Lifting the gums can make a dramatic improvement in the smile. The cosmetic dentist must be keenly aware of how the gums frame the teeth. The best aesthetic results will be achieved only if all components of the smile are properly evaluated and treated.
By replacing teeth with porcelain veneers the arch form can be changed to consciously prop up one's lip. The fullness of the lip gives a more youthful appearance without a surgical or dermal procedure.
ZOOM! in-office whitening system is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It is safe, effective, convenient, and fast, very fast. In just over an hour your teeth will be dramatically whiter (up to 8 shades). Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. ZOOM! is the perfect choice for busy individuals.
Other options include take home bleaching trays with a variety of whitening strengths. Please ask which treatment is right for you at your dental Hygiene visit.
Dental implants enable dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Used to replace one or more missing teeth, implants are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants act and look like natural teeth. And, because they maintain bone mass, dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth. A dental implant restoration consists of a bio-compatible titanium screw and post, topped by a crown bridge or denture.
The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. In several months, the implant securely attaches to the bone (called osseointegration), allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth.
Patients who have had years of excessive wear to their teeth due to grinding or acid reflux can alter their vertical dimension. This gives them a closed or shorter look to their face and smile. By opening up their bite, we can reclaim their vertical dimension and sometimes even remove unwanted wrinkles as well. This gives a more youthful appearance and can often eliminate the need for plastic surgery. By realigning the bite a patient will often rectify TMJ problems caused by long term malocclusion (poor bite). This may require full mouth reconstruction involving both upper and lower teeth. A comprehensive treatment plan will be necessary to insure predictability of results.
Not everyone requires cosmetic dentistry or full mouth reconstruction. Restorative treatments are utilized to replace old fillings, broken teeth or missing teeth. In each situation we evaluate the patient's condition using digital x-rays, ViziLite and a thorough hands on exam. A treatment recommendation is then made for the most durable lasting restoration available for the particular patient.
There are often several options due to cosmetic and financial considerations. Our office is equipped to file all patient insurance claims and we offer interest free financing options. Please ask our Office Administrator for details.
Dental care is very important because the gums and teeth are directly connected to the blood stream and your teeth should be your first line of protection for good health. Researchers have found what appears to be a connection between gum disease, heart disease, stroke and even premature births.
With gum disease, the theory suggests that if the gums become inflamed, the infection in the gum is then distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the infection may have an impact on other inflammatory diseases that occur in the body.
The practice of oral hygiene is important because it prevents the accumulation of dental plaque and helps prevent two of the most common diseases found in the mouth, tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental plaque is a soft whitish deposit that forms on the tooth surface that is formed when bacteria (germs) combines with food and saliva. Plaque contains many types of bacteria and can only be removed by practicing good oral hygiene.
Regular oral hygiene visits to the dentist are vital to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and to prevent potentially serious problems.
Periodontal gum disease is a chronic problem, much like diabetes, and must be controlled through regular periodontal cleanings. These symptoms are often silent and not painful until it is advanced. In order to prevent tooth loss, Dr. Kraus and his Hygienist will customize your treatment if you are diagnosed with a periodontal condition, This maintenance is necessary even if you have had periodontal surgery or a non-surgical treatment. Periodontal visits are required on a more frequent basis than the six month interval often recommended for patients with healthy gums.
Juvéderm® XC is the smooth gel filler that is used to instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. With just one treatment, you'll get smooth and natural-looking results that last up to a year.
Everyone's skin ages differently and Juvéderm® XC may be used to rejuvenate multiple problem areas. From smile lines to vertical lip lines, you can smooth away unwanted wrinkles and restore natural contours. Learn more about the individual treatment areas by rolling over the list below.
Because Juvéderm® XC is a simple, nonsurgical wrinkle treatment, there is minimal recovery or downtime (and the results are instant!). So you can make an appointment to stop by your healthcare professional's office for treatment on the way home from work or the gym - and get right back to your daily routine.
Why do this procedure with a Dentist?
Dr. Kraus works with the smile and facial muscles with every single patient. His knowledge of the teeth and facial muscles will give the comprehensive result you desire in order to achieve smile rejuvination.
Discover the proven results that 11 million women and men have experienced. With real, noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time, there are many reasons why Botox® Cosmetic has been chosen by millions of men and women. Botox® Cosmetic may be the one for you. You may feel that the moderate to severe glabellar lines between your brows make you look tired or unapproachable, or have other reasons for being curious about Botox® Cosmetic.
Botox® can be used to treat:
Upper Face Treatment
- Glabellar Complex (frown lines)
- Frontalis Muscle (horizontal forehead lines)
- Orbicularis Ozuli (crow's feet)
- Brow Elevation
- Upper Nasal Root (correction of bunny lines)
Mid & Lower Face Treatment
- Lip Augmentation
- Correction of Gummy Smile
- Chin Softening
- Correction of Neck Wrinkling