Cosmetic Dentistry

Brookway Dental uses a variety of methods to help you achieve the smile and oral health you have always wanted. Click on a category below to learn how we can help you.

Braces

Do Clear Braces really work?

Yes they do - with clear braces your teeth will move a little at a time giving you a straight smile. They work just like the old-fashioned wire braces, but you remove them while you eat and while you clean your teeth. Every couple weeks you change the clear braces, and each new set keeps making slight adjustments to your tooth alignment.

Do braces have to be so ugly?

At Brookway Dental we utilize labs like ClearCorrect™ and Invisilign™ to guarantee that you will receive the best possible invisible braces for your dental needs.  This is a great alternative to metal braces.

Bridges

What are Bridges?

Tooth bridges are used to take the place of a missing tooth. Bridges are attached to crowns on your teeth on either side of your missing tooth or teeth. A "replacement" tooth is suspended between your two crowns, creating a bridge. Your bridge fills in where you have one or more missing teeth, creating support for your surrounding teeth so they don't drift out of position.

Crowns

What is a Crown?

Crowns are used in cosmetic dentistry as a way to improve the look of the tooth which is being capped as well as making it functional again. A tooth crown is also used in reconstructive dentistry when your tooth needs its form and function reconstructed.

When do I need a Crown?

Tooth crowns may be recommended by Dr. Doty to fix individual tooth problems like:
  • A severely damaged or worn tooth
  • A severely decayed tooth
  • A broken, cracked, or fractured tooth
  • An outdated filling
  • A tooth broken or spoiled due to injury or trauma

How long will a Crown last?

Porcelain tooth crowns are almost as durable as gold crowns, but are tooth-colored so they are often used when your crown will be placed near the front of your mouth where it can easily be seen.

Dentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances which fit comfortably and snugly onto your upper or lower gums. Your dentures will help you eat and speak better than you can with some or all of your teeth missing, as well as fill out your face and improve your smile.

Do I need Dentures?

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you may want to consider getting a denture to replace your full set of upper or lower teeth.

Complete Dentures vs Partial Dentures

If you choose to get a complete denture, you will need to have any of your remaining natural teeth extracted so that the complete denture will fit onto your complete gum. If you only have a few teeth missing, you might only need a partial denture, which is anchored to your existing teeth. Partial dentures or Bridges will fill in gaps in your teeth, while allowing you to retain your remaining natural teeth.

Are there other options for Dentures?

Another option for your dentures may be using them in combination with implant dentistry to anchor your dentures to your jawbone for more stability. The dentist may recommend dental implants instead of dentures for you depending on your situation.

Fillings

What are Porcelain Fillings?

Porcelain or composite fillings, (also known as inlays and/or onlays) are fillings for cavities that are made from porcelain, not metal or plastic. Porcelain is the preferred material for composite fillings to use because it is strong yet natural looking. Metal fillings are unsightly, and plastic isn't nearly as strong or durable.

Why Porcelain Fillings?

The advantages of porcelain fillings over metal include the fact that they offer:
  • A tighter seal between your tooth and the filling
  • More control when your filling is placed
  • More stability and less toxicity than mercury amalgam
  • Resistance to fracturing
  • Restoration of your teeth to their natural appearance
  • Stronger teeth where you have fillings because porcelain doesn't expand with heat like metal does; such expansion can cause your teeth to fracture

Implants

What are Implants?

Implant dentistry is the specialty in which a dentist replaces existing tooth root(s) with new roots, made from titanium, and implants them into the jawbone. Then, replacement teeth will be fitted over the top of the substitute roots to give you a completely functional new tooth or teeth.

Are Implants like regular teeth?

Since dental implants are rooted to your jawbone, your new implanted teeth can take the same chewing pressure as your other teeth, and they can last you a lifetime.

Lumineers

What are Lumineers?

Ultra-thin LUMINEERS are custom designed to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Unlike traditional veneers, there are no shots, no drilling of sensitive tooth structure, and no pain. They’re even reversible, so you have nothing to lose and a beautiful smile to gain. And now, in addition to LUMINEERS, you can ask your dentist about LUMINEERS with LUMINATE in LUMITray Technology. It’s new technology that allows your dentist to place your veneers all at once, instead of individually. Plus, it offers exclusive digital design and preview technology, which all adds up to less time in the dentist chair!

What problems can Lumineers fix?

Chance are, Lumineers can fix whatever problem you have. If you don't see your problem below, call Brookway Dental and ask us if you are a candidate:
  • Chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Spaces or gaps
  • Discolored teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Old dental work

How long do Lumineers take?

Transforming your smile couldn’t be any easier; in fact, it takes just 2 easy visits. Whether you transform your smile with LUMINEERS or LUMINEERS with LUMINATE in new LUMITray Technology, it takes only 2 easy visits to your dentist to bring out your beautiful smile. During your first visit a precision mold will be taken. You and your dentist will also choose the right shade for your new, permanently white smile. On your second visit, your custom designed LUMINEERS are checked for fit and shade.  Then, they’re painlessly attached. That’s it – a healthy, natural, permanently white smile you’ve always wanted in only 2 visits.

Do Lumineers hurt?

There's no pain involved in getting the smile you've always wanted with Lumineers. The procedure does not require needles or shots, and in most cases, no drilling of sensitive tooth structure.

How long do Lumineers last?

Lumineers gives you a healthy, natural looking, beautiful smile that lasts over twenty years.

Root Canal

What is a Root Canal and why would I need one?

When the pulp of a tooth (commonly referred to as the 'nerve') becomes damaged from decay, tooth breakage, repeated dental procedures or trauma the pulp may become infected. This infection can cause substantial pain. Root canal therapy cleans out and removes the infected pulp.

What happens after a Root Canal?

After root canal therapy the tooth is weak and brittle because the center of the tooth was removed to eliminate the infected pulp. The patient may required a crown after root canal therapy. You can rely on Dr. Doty's expertise to thoroughly guide you through this process.

Teeth Whitening

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums

What’s the difference between over-the-counter whitening solutions and Zoom?

Over-the-counter whitening products are not customized to your needs. With Philips Zoom, the whitening process is tailored to your needs by Dr. Doty, with custom-fitted trays for at-home treatments or just the right light intensity and duration in the our office.

Tooth Bonding

What is Tooth Bonding?

Tooth Bonding refers to dental bonding (also known as composite bonding) in which a tooth-colored resin is applied to your teeth. Tooth bonding is then cured with a special light.

How long does Tooth Bonding take?

Tooth bonding usually only requires one visit since you don't need to get a mold made of your teeth. Dr. Doty will roughen your tooth area where the bonding will go. He will then use a gel to etch the surface of your tooth to add the bonding primer and resin in many layers to match the depth of color on your natural teeth. A high-intensity light will be used to cure the bonding.

How long does Tooth Bonding last?

Your bonding can last up to 10 to 15 years. Although some people have some stains around their bonding after a year or two, with proper care you probably will only need to get it touched up after three to five years.

Is Tooth Bonding difficult to maintain?

Maintaining your teeth after Tooth Bonding is no more difficult than maintaining your natural teeth. To maintain your teeth after bonding you need to make sure you visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings. Be sure to brush and floss carefully, and avoid sweets or starchy foods, especially between meals (that's just good advice for your entire body!). Also, you should use gentle tools and toothpastes, because harsh toothpastes or hard toothbrushes will dull the shine on your cosmetic bonding. Your whole body will be glad you did it!

What kind of problems does Tooth Bonding solve?

Tooth Bonding can solve such teeth problems as:
  • Chips or cracks
  • Decaying
  • Different or odd-shaped teeth
  • Discoloration or staining
  • Gaps
  • Misalignment

Veneers

Tell me about Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, sometime called instant orthodontics for the immediate dramatic change they create, are ultra thin, custom-made shells which are bonded to your teeth to give you a fresh, streamlined look. Porcelain veneers are customized for you at one of our selected labs where they are specially created to fit your teeth. Read more about Porcelain Veneers...

What do Porcelain Veneers look like?

Our dentists oversee the design and creation of your veneers to give you the exact look you want while flawlessly matching the size, color, shape, contour, and translucency of your own teeth. And if your teeth are discolored or stained, you can get your porcelain veneers in a slightly lighter shade to give you a brighter look. Read more about Porcelain Veneers...

Will Porcelain Veneers will work for me?

Porcelain veneers can solve many problems with your teeth including:
  • Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Eroded or worn teeth
  • Gaps in your teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
Read more about Porcelain Veneers...