Is cosmetic dentistry just for adults?
Not at all. Dr. Halpert can address anyone’s cosmetic dental needs. For instance, many young children chip teeth while playing sports. Dr. Halpert can correct chipped teeth with cosmetic bonding. Sometimes teenagers dislike their smiles because of fluorosis (white stains), uneven spacing between teeth, or misshapen teeth. Dr. Halpert may recommend bonding or veneers, depending upon the child’s age. If your child needs cosmetic dental care, call for a consultation. Dr. Halpert will assess the situation, consider growth factors, and help you decide upon the best solution.
What is a cosmetic dentist?
A cosmetic dentist is a general dentist. There’s no government-mandated certification to become a cosmetic dentist, so consumers – like yourself – should investigate a dentist’s ability to perform a cosmetic procedure before making a commitment. Dr. Halpert invites you to ask questions about his experience and training. You can also review photos of his cases here in our Gallery. Call to schedule a free cosmetic dentistry consultation, so you can determine if Dr. Halpert is the right professional to meet your needs.
Do I need veneers, whitening, or bonding?
We can’t really diagnose anything over the phone or Internet, so your best bet is to call for a consultation. Cosmetic consults are free, so you’ve nothing to lose. Dr. Halpert will evaluate your teeth, discuss your goals, and present options for potential treatment.
Can I see what I would look like before I commit to a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan?
Yes. If you’re considering a significant cosmetic procedure, like porcelain veneers, Dr. Halpert may recommend a Snap-On Smile first. With Snap-On Smile, you can “test drive” your new smile for as long as you like. Learn more here: Snap-On Smile.
My high-school-aged daughter doesn't want to wear braces. What are our options?
Adults and teens often prefer clear braces to traditional orthodontics. If a patient’s orthodontic concerns are primarily related to appearance, rather than function and occlusion, clear braces pose a fast, effective solution. Ask about clear braces at your next visit, or call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Halpert.
I have old, dark fillings. Is there any hope for my smile?
Dark fillings and metal crowns can be replaced with strong, aesthetic solutions. Our dentist has placed composite resin fillings for years, and we also offer porcelain crowns.
Why do I have bad breath? Can you help?
Halitosis, which we know as “bad breath,” usually originates with bacteria, and it affects about 60 million Americans. Dental problems like gum disease, plaque buildup, and tooth decay greatly contribute to bad breath. Oral bacteria put off a smelly byproduct, called volatile sulfur compounds or VSCs. We offer products to battle the VSCs that smell so bad, but preventive checkups and cleanings are a great place to start.
What is nitrous oxide? Is it safe?
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is chemical compound that’s often called laughing gas. Delivered through a facemask, nitrous oxide dulls the senses and helps a person relax. It was first used in 1790 as an inhalant, and has been used since the 1840s in the US. Nitrous oxide is safe in the doses we administer to dental patients. One major benefit of nitrous oxide is that once we stop the flow of the gas, the patient’s senses return almost immediately. You can drive home from your dental visit and return to normal daily activities.