Smile Transforming Cosmetic Dentistry for State College, PA Residents
If you’re unhappy with any aspect of your smile, cosmetic dentistry services from your trusted State College, PA dentist, Kevin P. Labosky, DMD, can help you transform flawed teeth to picture-perfect smiles. We offer a wide array of cosmetic treatment options and take the time to help you discover your best and brightest smile. Call our team to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to start down the path to your dream smile. We welcome patients from nearby communities including Boalsburg and Bellefonte.
Porcelain Veneers & Lumineers
Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths that are fused to the front facing surfaces of teeth to conceal any number of cosmetic flaws including chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. Traditional veneers require two appointments at our office to create and place. During your first appointment, we’ll need to remove a small amount of surface tooth enamel. This allows the veneer to lay flat within the natural smile line. Then, we capture impressions of your prepared teeth that are used by the dental lab to craft your custom veneers. Before you leave the office, we place a temporary that will protect your teeth until the custom solution is completed. Once we receive your final porcelain veneer from the lab, you’ll return for a second appointment where we’ll exchange the temporary for the customized veneer. Lumineers are a unique brand of veneer that are ultra-thin. The Lumineers design and placement process is the same except that, because Lumineers are ultra-thin, no surface enamel needs to be removed and a temporary will not need to be placed.
Metal Free Restorations
In addition to offering a cosmetically superior restorative solution, all-ceramic crowns can be used for purely cosmetic restorations as well. Porcelain fused to metal restorations do offer similar cosmetic results initially. However, over time, the porcelain layer wears away revealing the darker colored metal below. For this reason, all-ceramic crowns offer the superior cosmetic solution. Crafted from a single block of precisely shaded dental grade ceramic, metal-free restorations retain their natural look even after years of wear. Completely metal-free, these ceramic crowns, inlays, onlays, and fixed bridges are the only restorations recommended for patients who experience allergies or sensitivities to metal. The restoration process is completed over the course of two visits to our State College office. During your first appointment, we prepare the tooth, capture impressions, and place a temporary. When the custom restoration is received from our trusted dental lab, you’ll need to return to our office where we’ll exchange your temporary for a custom restoration.
While porcelain veneers are recommended for patients who wish to conceal extensive cosmetic flaws like numerous chips, cracks, and wear, direct bonding offers a same-day treatment alternative for those patients who need a minimal amount of cosmetic repair. Using the composite resin material that makes up tooth-colored fillings, we correct or conceal these cosmetic irregularities, saving patients time and money compared with porcelain veneers or Lumineers. The composite resin is shaded to match teeth. Then, the putty-like material is applied to cover up stains, fill in cracks, or shrink gaps between teeth. Once in place, we use a curing light to harden the composite. Finally, we polish the treated teeth to a brilliant shine, and you can leave the office with a flawless smile.
Straightening teeth used to mean a mouthful of unsightly metal brackets and wires, but Dr. Labosky is proud to offer a more cosmetically appealing orthodontic solution – Invisalign. This clear, alignment tray orthodontic system allows our team to work with patients to straighten smiles more quickly and comfortably. Best of all, the virtually invisible alignment trays allow you to discreetly transform your smile without sacrificing your professional, polished image. Plus, there’s no need to change your oral hygiene routine or diet to accommodate Invisalign. Simply remove your aligners during meals and while cleaning your teeth.
Teeth whitening is easily our most popular cosmetic dentistry option. We offer two forms of professional teeth whitening: in-office and take-home. In-office teeth whitening is perfect for those patients who want to see dramatic results quickly. In most cases, we’re able to brighten smiles between six and ten shades in about an hour. Patients also prefer in-office whitening because the entire process is completed under the expert care of Dr. Labosky, so you can sit back, watch your favorite TV show, and leave our practice with a celebrity smile.
If you have sensitive teeth, prefer more gradual smile brightening, or want to touch up the results of your in-office whitening, our professional grade take-home teeth whitening kits can provide the same results as in-practice whitening over the course of several weeks of daily application. Our take-home kits include professional grade whitening gel and a custom application tray to ensure maximal comfort and effectiveness. Simply apply your whitening gel and wear the application tray for the predetermined amount of time each day, and watch as your smile goes from dull to dazzling.
Digital Imaging / Virtual Smile Designing
One of the most important aspects of your cosmetic dentistry consultation, digital images allow us to offer you samples of how any number of treatments can improve the overall appearance of your smile. We start by taking a photo of your current smile. Then, we use specialized software to show you how any combination of cosmetic services can transform your smile. You can even take images home with you to get feedback from family and friends before you make your final decision.