Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic care can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth, stained or discolored teeth, and “gummy” smiles. Dr. Barry creates a customized treatment plan for you based on your age, your goals, and your financial comfort level.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Placement of porcelain veneers is a conservative cosmetic treatment that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have crooked teeth, chipped teeth, gaps in teeth, or dull, stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution. Dr. Barry will skillfully create a straight, brilliant smile that enhances your appearance and your self-esteem.
Tooth Whitening ― At-home
You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a teeth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Teeth whitening is safe, effective, and long lasting. Your home-whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth and to evenly disperse prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. You can expect the entire home-whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. With home whitening, you can reuse your trays to touch-up your smile whenever it needs a little boost. If you are thinking of other cosmetic improvements, such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or replacing old discolored fillings, consider whitening your teeth first. Any future restorations will then be matched to your whitened teeth, giving you fantastic results.
Teeth Whitening ― ZOOM
The Zoom tooth whitening system is a powerful, in-office procedure that produces fast, dramatic results. Dr. Barry will apply a specialized gel to your teeth using a customized tray similar to a mouthpiece. The customized tray is comfortable, allowing you to hold it in place for about an hour. During that time, a specialized light source interacts with the gel to break-up even the strongest stains and discoloration. By the end of your appointment, you will have a smile that looks like it did years ago!
You can straighten your teeth without metal braces. Invisalign® is an FDA-approved system that uses clear, removable aligners to incrementally straighten your teeth. There are no uncomfortable brackets or wires, and because you remove the aligners to eat and drink, there is no need to worry about food restrictions or problems with brushing or flossing.
Invisalign® begins with the use of 3D computer imaging to map out your entire treatment plan in advance, allowing you to see what your teeth will look like before you begin treatment. Then, using the imaging, a series of custom aligners will be created that will incrementally move your teeth. You will replace each aligner every two weeks with the next aligner in the sequence. Average treatment time from your initial teeth position to a brilliant, straight smile ranges from 9-15 months. The best part is that most people will never even notice you are undergoing treatment!
If you’ve lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile, if left uncorrected, can create significant problems for your dental health. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth in order to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more future problems. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Barry creates a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Dr. Barry uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural teeth in both shape and color.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for composite resins…also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. With new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Bonding is a tooth-colored material applied and adhered to the surface of the tooth, often without reducing the structure of the tooth. The bonding material is sculpted by Dr. Barry to resemble a natural tooth, correcting chipped, broken, stained, or discolored teeth, and in some cases, gaps. While it is less of an investment than porcelain veneers, bonding doesn’t last as long and can sometimes become stained from foods and beverages. We encourage you to come in and talk with the Barry Dental team about your options.
Years of wear and tear, injury, or poor care can hurt the look and function of your teeth. Dr. Barry changes lives every day through restorative dentistry. Rejuvenate your smile today!
Are you missing teeth? Have you postponed getting a bridge or denture? Do you wear ill-fitting, loose dentures right now? If so, Dr. Barry wants to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature’s design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots. Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw, where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures, such as gum sores and difficulty speaking and chewing. Implant-supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
A properly fitting denture is very important. A good fit ensures that your dentures will allow you to retain much of your mouth’s function, which is important for maintaining natural muscle tone in your face and jaw. Dentures will keep you looking and feeling healthy and will help you retain a natural lifestyle. A genuine smile and the best possible fit…those are two of the primary goals that Dr. Barry will achieve if you need dentures to restore your smile.
Partial dentures are used if you have several teeth missing that cannot be corrected with a bridge. A partial denture is created to replace those teeth. The partial denture is removable and is designed to fit comfortably and to blend in with any remaining teeth. This type of denture is made from a synthetic material that is supported with a lightweight metal. It mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural-looking smile while still remaining functional. The partial is important once the teeth have been removed in order to preserve the bone and to keep existing teeth from tilting and growing in towards the gaps.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Dr. Barry uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
If you’ve lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile left uncorrected can create significant problems for your dental health. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more future problems. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Barry creates a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort.
Sometimes effectively removing tooth decay requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Your doctor customizes an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when a portion of your tooth is removed. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made out of metal, much like traditional filings. Now, porcelain-milled inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain, and tooth degeneration.
Your enjoyable dental experience depends on your comfort and safety. Dr. Barry and his team utilize the latest technological advances in dental equipment and techniques to ensure your satisfaction with your visit and your continued excellent health.
Enjoy the latest technological innovations at Barry Dental, including the E4D Dentist™ system. An exciting new technology, E4D is a complete system giving your dentist invaluable tools for designing and fabricating a number of materials to improve your dental health.
The E4D aids in the step-by-step creation of inlays/onlays, crowns, veneers, and more ― all done chair-side in our dental office. The precision and efficiency of this technology means better tools at Dr. Barry’s disposal, better results for your oral health, and faster treatment. With the help of the E4D Dentist, you will have the dazzling smile you always wanted in even less time.
Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
Digital radiographs (X-rays) are a technological advancement that results in less exposure to radiation for our patients and an almost instantaneous picture for Dr. Barry. You will appreciate a more comfortable visit, as well as quicker treatment.
The DIAGNOdent® ― a small, portable laser unit — finds small cavities when they are first forming and can easily be missed by other detection methods. The benefit to you is that cavities can be stopped at their earliest stages. Like every area of medicine, early detection and treatment is always the best option for the patient.
An intraoral camera lets you see inside your mouth during both treatment planning and dental procedures. Our intraoral camera displays your teeth on a monitor or an iPad, allowing Dr. Barry to walk you through your proposed treatment. The use of this camera allows us to work with you as a team to meet your dental goals.
Digital photography gives your dentist instant images to use for cosmetic imaging or images to keep on file to track your progress. Digital images can be saved electronically and are more efficient than traditional photographs, which must be taken off-site for development.
Nobody likes getting a shot at the doctor or dentist ― especially not younger patients. That’s why you will love The Wand®! While undergoing certain dental procedures, anesthesia is necessary in order to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and pain free. With The Wand, you won’t experience the stinging pain often associated with syringes. Believe it or not, that uncomfortable sensation has little to do with the prick of a needle. When receiving a shot from a syringe, it’s the quick burst of anesthetic as it is pushed into your body that causes the most pain.
With The Wand®, Dr. Barry uses a pen-shaped tool equipped with a tiny, ultra-sharp needle to administer the anesthetic slowly and freely into your body. You won’t experience the stinging pain of a syringe, and you’ll feel stress-free and pain-free for during dental procedure. Ask your Barry Dental team today about The Wand.
Cone Beam 3D Imaging
Understanding the unique composition of your smile is vital to obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Enjoy the latest digital X-ray technology at Barry Dental known as Cone Beam 3D Imaging. Unlike flat, two-dimensional X-rays, Cone Beam images provide a 3D digital replica of the bones and tissue of your face, teeth, jaw, and head. Your computerized image is easily manipulated, allowing your dental team to zoom-in on specific areas, viewing your scan from various angles, and ultimately understanding the complete make-up of your smile. This understanding is extremely useful when your Barry Dental team is planning dental implant treatments, as well as many other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments. Best of all, your Cone Beam scan is painless, takes only ten seconds, and safely operates with a lower dose of radiation than a traditional CT scan. The imaging system’s scanner rotates around your head one complete circle. Enjoy a truly customized treatment plan based on your exact dental needs!
General and Preventative Care
The best way to protect your beautiful smile is by preventing problems before they start. Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Barry and his team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry available.
Fifty percent of all adults have some form of periodontal disease, often without realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums. The truth is, it is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, periodontal disease treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective. Your visit with Dr. Barry includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. You will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus around teeth
- No pain (until it is too late)
In some cases, injury or decay can damage a tooth so extensively that the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health is an extraction. Dr. Barry can remove your troublesome tooth and give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and for completing your beautiful smile again.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? You may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. With new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but who don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a nightguard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Dr. Barry takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your nightguard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask Dr. Barry about having a nightguard custom created just for you.