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Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many branches of dentistry available to patients in this day and age. That statement could not have been said even 30 years ago as dentistry has undergone so many breakthroughs and changes over the years. As with so many other fields, technology has made its way into modern dentistry with amazing results. One of the branches of dentistry that has seen the most breakthroughs due to technological advances has been cosmetic dentistry.

Bleaching / Whitening

In years past, if your teeth were discolored, there wasn’t much that the dentist could do to fix it. Today, there are many avenues that Carmel West Dentistry can take to reverse the staining and discoloration of your teeth.  The source of the staining is either attributed to aging, certain drinks such as soda pop, red wine, coffee, and other drinks, and smoking. Dr. Halsema would encourage you to quit those for the sake of your teeth.

In our office, we can use hydrogen peroxide gels placed on your teeth with UV light shining down to work in tandem to break up stains and discoloration. There are also custom-made trays that you can wear at home with whitening gels in them to help whiten your teeth and bleach them over time. Whitening strips can also be purchased to achieve the same aims by placing peroxide gel-laced strips on to your teeth.  

Teeth Bonding

Bonding is a procedure done in our office by placing resin into your teeth to repair a damaged tooth. The tooth could be damaged in a multitude of ways, either by decay, chip, fracture, or discoloration. This resin is placed on your tooth and can be shaped and polished to match your surrounding teeth. It can also be used to close spaces around your teeth to fill in the dental picture of your teeth. Dr. Halsema will use a color of resin to match it with the color of your teeth and will then “rough” up the surface of the tooth to be bonded. This “roughing” up consists of small etches upon the surface of your tooth and a pre-treat liquid which will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth surface. The bond does not last for a lifetime and usually after a few years, it will need to be redone.,

Crowns

A dental crown is a cap we place over your tooth to make a new tooth surface. This is usually done in the case of a large cavity on the tooth or a cracked or damaged tooth. It’s also done as a form of protective aftercare of a tooth that has been restored via a root canal treatment. This crown will look exactly as the original tooth looked like as it’s placed over the damaged tooth.  

Veneers

Dental veneers use the same principle as crowns by “dressing up” the surface of the tooth. Instead of a “cap” placed over your tooth, a veneer is placed on the surface of your tooth on the front-facing side. This form of restorative dentistry “camouflages” chipped teeth or uneven teeth.  It can also be used for teeth that are discolored beyond repair, if professional whitening has no effect, etc. Dr. Halsema will usually remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth to make room for the veneers. The porcelain veneer is then made from a mold of your tooth to make sure it’s a direct match, veneers can also be made out of composite resin as well. Veneers are quite strong after being affixed and will last many years.

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Rives
16:58 28 Feb 19
By far the best Dentist experience I have ever had, all of the staff were very friendly and fully informed me what they were going to perform. The best part was that Dr. Halsema was never pushy for me to get a certain procedure, she only educated me and explained why I should consider a certain procedure to better my hygiene and health. I would definitely recommend.
Sonia-Maria Raposo
Sonia-Maria Raposo
01:01 08 Nov 18
I was always scared of going to the dentist. Dr. Halsema was referred to us by a friend and my first appointment was an emergency appointment and I was taken such good care of. I never fear going for my cleanings or any other matters. They keep me smiling each time! Great and caring staff!
Angie Spiegel
Angie Spiegel
18:41 06 Nov 18
Great practice, can not say enough good things about them! They go above and beyond in every aspect to make their patients experience a positive one! I highly recommend Dr. Halsema & Team to everyone!
JAMES SMITH
JAMES SMITH
16:00 16 Aug 18
I've had a variety of dentists over the years but Dr. Halsema and her outstanding staff are the best! I've been "exclusive" with Dr. Halsema for almost 20 years for several reasons. (1) She is a conservative dentist in that she only recommends work that is needed now or in the near future. I never have had the thought, "Maybe I need a 2nd opinion". If she recommends a procedure...then I need that procedure. (2) Her staff is fantastic with very low turnover. I see the same staff members every time I visit her office. They're like family. (3) Cindy is the best dental tech I've ever had. I actually enjoy my cleanings! (4) I don't have dental insurance and I love her annual dental plan. Save me a lot of money.If you're not a patient and looking for a new "dental home" then set an appointment today! You won't regret your decision.
Feng Zheng
Feng Zheng
13:05 07 Jun 18
I then my wife have been coming here to do all of our teeth treatments. It has been great experience for our every visit. The staff and doctor here are kind and considerate. Highly recommended.
Melissa Resler
Melissa Resler
20:53 30 Jan 18
I truly had such a wonderful experience for my first visit. I was very anxious/nervous, but Dr. Halsema explained and talked me through everything she did. From start to finish her team was kind, courteous, and understanding. I would recommend her and her team to my closest friends and family (along with anyone else I can)!
Jason McDaniel
Jason McDaniel
13:24 09 Aug 17
Dr. Halsema and her staff are amazing. I had to have multiple cavities filled. I decided to get them all done at the same time. I was there for 3 hours. I can honestly say, they cared about my whole well being and not just about getting the cavities filled and out the door. They truly care about you as a person and not just as a revenue stream.
Melissa Kramer
Melissa Kramer
18:16 07 Aug 17
You know, no one loves having cavities filled. But Dr. Halsema and her team really do care about the patients' comfort. Professionals with heart!
Russell Walker
Russell Walker
23:33 12 Jul 17
Friendly staff. A caring dentist, that provides excellent oral health. I would definitely recommend this office
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