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Teeth Bonding in Indianapolis

Our Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry team is committed to offering each patient the latest technologies and convenience coupled with superior service. One of the ways to give your smile a makeover is by using teeth bonding.

What is Teeth Bonding?

Also known as bonded restoration or enamel shaping, teeth bonding is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. Bonding uses tooth-colored, biocompatible material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth and then shaped and hardened with light.

When is Teeth Bonded Used?

When you want to fill in a small gap between two teeth, repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin, change the shape of a tooth, repair cracks in teeth, cover up discoloration, or to protect the root of a tooth after it’s been exposed by receding gums, teeth bonding can make a tooth look larger than it is or fill cavities.

What are the Advantages of Teeth Bonding?

The procedure is quick and the changes are dramatic. The procedure can be completed in one visit and is relatively low-cost compared to veneers. In some cases, an onlay may be more appropriate.

How Long do Teeth Bondings Last?

Once the resin has been bonded to the tooth, it is basically permanent. This means that it is very unlikely to fall off or break away but you might need to have it retouched or replaced.

Is Teeth Bonding Right for Me?

If you have very small imperfections on your teeth, bonding could be the answer. Call the helpful and friendly staff at Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment.

Porcelain Veneers in Indianapolis

If you want a whiter, straighter, more perfectly shaped smile, porcelain veneers are an attractive option for a beautiful smile. As a cosmetic dentist in Indianapolis, Dr. Ted Reese design custom porcelain veneers according to each patient’s unique skin tone, face shape, existing dentition, and personal preferences.

A naturally beautiful smile can be restored with all the strength of the original teeth with porcelain veneers." Read more

How does the process work?

At your initial consultation, Dr. Reese will review your unique situation and create a treatment plan. Once accepted, you'll return to our office for the first clinical visit. We offer Care Credit and file most insurances.

What other options do I have?

Some patients prefer Snap-on Smiles, which are an ultrathin style of veneer that requires no tooth preparation. Snap-on Smiles look natural and beautiful if used in the correct case. However, they aren’t the best option for every patient. As your trusted cosmetic dentist, Dr. Reese will provide professional advice so that you can make a wise decision about your porcelain veneers or Snap-on Smiles.

Why choose Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry?

Porcelain veneers can give you a natural look and beautiful new smile. At Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, our cosmetic dentist and staff use dental veneers as a foundation for dramatic smile makeovers.

Dr. Reese did an excellent job on my veneers. The entire process was simple and efficient. I'm very proud of my smile now, and I would recommend Dr. Reese to anyone." -G. King, May 2015

View our cosmetic smile gallery and then contact our office to schedule an appointment. If you've been waiting for a reason to do it, now's the time. Dr. Reese has helped hundreds of people like you.

Dental Onlays in Indianapolis

Dental onlays are a form of tooth restoration on the outside of a tooth using tooth-colored fillings. Unlike cavity fillings that are placed using a tooth-colored resin, onlays are more like dental crowns, and are made in-office using advanced 3D technology.

Why would a person need to get a dental onlay versus a traditional filling or crown?

When a tooth suffers damage from decay or by accident that is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling, but not extensive enough to need a crown, onlays are ideal. However, for cracks in the teeth, porcelain veneers may also help.

How is a dental only placed at Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry?

Getting an onlay is very similar to having a crown placed, but with much less of your natural tooth structure having to be removed. Our goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Onlays are a more conservative way a tooth can be restored.

Why choose Dr. Reese for your dental onlay treatment in Indianapolis?

Dr. Reese takes advantage of the advanced ceramics and adhesives developed by modern dental engineering. These new dental technologies allow the use of smaller onlays that work more like your own teeth, preventing decay and further damage.

Dr. Reese is a biological dentist that uses biocompatible materials and practices biomimetic (minimally invasive) dentistry. Contact our office for an appointment today.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Indianapolis

At our leading practice of cosmetic dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana, you'll see the difference. From our dental technology we use for your ultimate comfort to an efficient appointment to the lasting results, get the smile makeover you deserve. Cosmetic Dentistry in Indianapolis

Dr. Ted Reese is a cosmetic dentist in Indianapolis that invests in the training and tools to provide the best care modern dentistry can provide. Choose Indianapolis cosmetic dentist office, Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.

View our smile gallery to evaluate some of the smile makeovers Dr. Reese has created through techniques like porcelain veneers, dental implants, and custom dentures. We have helped thousands of people get beautiful smiles.

Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry treats patients of all ages. Dr. Reese offers a full range of services from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, as well as dental implants, TMJ therapy, and the treatment of gum disease.

Our staff will to listen to your goals and concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get the smile you've always wanted. Seeking a cosmetic or restorative family care dentist in Indianapolis? Contact us for an appointment.

Before and After Cosmetic Dentistry

Welcome to Indianapolis Dentistry where we are improving smiles to improve lives. The smile makeovers shown in the video below are the ‘before and after’ results of cosmetic dentistry treatment by Dr. Ted Reese. If you are a phobic patient, view the Smile Gallery which only shows ‘after’, finished smiles or learn more about sedation dentistry.

Our Indianapolis cosmetic dentistry services range from teeth whitening to brighten and whiten your smile, to complete smile makeovers for a dramatic makeover change that takes ‘years’ off of a smile and can make your smile younger and more vivacious. View more cosmetic dentistry before and after pictures in our Cosmetic Dentistry gallery.

2 Big Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry

Many people are now opting for cosmetic dentistry procedures, which are also known as "smile makeovers". But cosmetic dentistry is not just for aesthetics, there are some real, known benefits of cosmetic dentistry. In fact, several behavioral studies published in the American Journal of Social Psychology indicate that people with bright smiles and attractive physical appearance have a better chance in interviews, and have an advantage in social situations. Smiling Patient after Cosmetic Dentistry

The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

  1. Confidence - you will be more confident in your smile and will be socializing much more than usual. This has immediate impact on how you feel in social situations
  2. Oral Hygiene - once you get your teeth straightened, reshaped or whitened, you will naturally be motivated to put an increased focus on your dental hygiene

Indianapolis Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Reese is an Indianapolis cosmetic dentist specializing in smile makeovers. He is on the cutting edge of techniques and materials necessary to provide the best cosmetic dentistry. Indianapolis Dentistry can provide a complete variety of services dentistry has to offer to improve your smile, whether it be teeth whitening, repair of a single tooth, or veneers of the entire smile for maximum smile beautification.

3 Most Popular Types Of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is increasingly becoming popular as people like you want to look their best. 3 of the most popular types of cosmetic dentistry are same-day crowns, same-day teeth whitening, and same-day dental implants. Smiling Woman After Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Same-Day Crowns - caps coated over the whole tooth in order to hide the broken, decayed or poorly shaped old tooth. Each crown is custom-made same-day.
  • Teeth Whitening - also called teeth bleaching, this treatment helps to restore the original bright, whiteness of your teeth
  • Tooth Implants - a permanent tooth replacement that looks and feels just like your normal teeth

Indianapolis Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Reese is an Indianapolis cosmetic dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, dentures, and braces for adults. View our cosmetic smile gallery for before-and-afters of Dr. Reese's work.

Cosmetic Dentist in Indianapolis

Looking for a cosmetic dentist in Indianapolis? At our leading practice of cosmetic dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana, you'll see the dental technology we use for your ultimate comfort, an efficient appointment, and a beautiful smile. From whitening to ‎Invisalign, Indianapolis cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD has a wide selection of cosmetic dental procedures to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted - and the one you deserve.

Modern cosmetic dentistry means years of discolored, crooked, or missing teeth can easily be corrected. With over 30 years of experience in the Indianapolis area, Dr. Reese practices cosmetic dentistry to give you a happy and healthy smile.

Cosmetic Dentist in Indianapolis

Calming Fears...Creating Smiles

Afraid of the dentist? Fear no more! Dr. Reese practices sedation dentistry for patients transforming their smile with one of our award-winning cosmetic dentistry services. You may not even remember your visit!

Don't want to take time off from work? We offer 'after-work', night/evening hours on Thursday from 5-7 PM to accommodate the busy working professional. We realize that 'dentist hours' don't work for everyone and so we work into the night for your convenience.

Still undecided? Read our Reviews and Testimonials - and then click to make an appointment or call 317-882-0228. People drive for hours to see Dr. Reese, but if you're in the Indianapolis area, you don't have to! We're located just south of 465 on US 31.

Dental Bonding vs Veneers

Cosmetic dentistry with its many procedures, can give you a beautiful smile.  It can fix your teeth problems whether it’s misalignment, cracked or chipping teeth, unsightly spacing, uneven or dark colored teeth, uneven or too much (or not enough) smile showing, or even gum erosion. Dental bonding and veneers are two examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures that improve your smile. The question patients always ask about dental bonding vs. veneers is: “What is the best solution?”

Dental Bonding vs Veneers

Dental bonding and veneers will mask imperfections in teeth, but there are differences in the procedures, materials and cost.

Dental bonding

Also known as bonded restoration, dental bonding is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. Bonding uses tooth-colored material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth, then shaped and hardened with light.

Uses:

  • Fill in a small gap between two teeth
  • Repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin
  • Change the shape of a tooth
  • Repair or cracks in teeth
  • Cover up discoloration
  • Protect the root of a tooth after it's been exposed by receding gums
  • Make a tooth look larger than it is

In addition to providing cosmetic relief, bonding can be used to fill cavities.

Advantages:

  • Quick. Procedure can be completed in one visit
  • Relatively low cost compared to veneers
  • Once the resin has been bonded to the tooth, it is basically permanent. This means that it is very unlikely to fall off or break away but you might need to have it retouched or replaced.
  • If you have very small imperfections on your teeth, bonding could be the answer.

Disadvantages

Its durability depends on the state of your oral health. Discoloration and breakage is inevitable 1) if your mouth has a high acidic pH value (if you are a soda drinker or loves to eat sweets), 2) if the bonding was not supported by a solid tooth structure, or 3) if you are a night grinder.

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the fronts of teeth. Imagine how artificial fingernails look and how they are attached – veneers look, feel and are applied the same way.

The procedure for veneer application usually requires three or more office visits over the course of several weeks. The dentist will first reshape your teeth by removing some enamel to allow for the added thickness of the veneers. Then, a molded image is sent to a dental lab where the porcelain veneers are made to exactly fit over your teeth and cover any imperfections. Finally, the veneers are applied to the natural teeth with adhesive material.

Uses:

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that the function of veneers is to cover up gaps between teeth and hide crooked, misshapen or stained teeth.

Advantages

  • Provide a natural looking appearance
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant
  • Veneers don't require extensive shaping procedures
  • The color of veneers can improve upon that of dark teeth
  • More longer lasting than dental bonding

 

Disadvantages

  • Veneers cost more than composite resin bonding
  • Veneers are not repairable should they become damaged (example: Cracked because of teeth grinding, accident or trauma to the tooth, etc.)
  • They may temporarily cause your teeth to become more sensitive because of the removal of enamel

Invest on Your Dentist

Whether you decide to invest in dental bonding or porcelain veneers, make sure you have all work done at a reputable dentist. Remember, the results of the cosmetic procedures are truly varied depending on the ability of the dentist and the laboratory that does the resin and veneers!

When Dr. Reese makes porcelain veneers, he not only addresses the natural color and shade of the surrounding teeth, but also the gum or gingival architectural and how that enhances the tooth appearance for your overall smile enhancement.

“I rely not only on my skill in preparing teeth, but have also spent countless hours studying tooth and smile characteristics as appropriate for faces and personalities.” – Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Reese is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has been practicing cosmetic dentistry for over 30 years. Read more about Dr. Reese. You can see an example of a same-day restoration (dental bonding) done on a patient in our Instagram account. You can check out more of his work on our cosmetic gallery.

What options you would like to consider? Download this form to Analyze Your Own Smile or schedule an appointment by calling 317-882-0228.

5 Ways to Improve Your Smile On A Budget

Your smile says a lot about you. It's the first impression many times when meeting people. Improving the look of your smile doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money. Here are some simple solutions to help at home.

Floss and Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

5 Ways to Improve Your Smile On A BudgetAlmost everyone knows that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, but often times people need reminding. Tartar is formed on your teeth when plaque accumulates and hardens. Brushing your teeth often cleans away the plaque and helps your teeth stay whiter. Always brush towards the gumline at a 45 degree angle. Small, gentle strokes focusing on a couple of teeth at a time.

Flossing is just as important as brushing. Like brushing, floss removes plaque from the teeth, but flossing targets the hard to reach places in between teeth and along the gumline where you can’t get to with a brush. Flossing daily helps prevent decay and gingivitis. When plaque accumulates at the gumline it can cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease left untreated can cause both tooth loss and bone destruction.

Routine Cleanings Twice a Year

Visiting the office twice a year for routine cleanings keeps your smile beautiful. Our hygienist Jessica does a thorough cleaning to make sure your teeth and gums are in healthy condition. When cleanings aren’t done routinely, periodontal disease can develop. Not only is periodontal disease not pretty, it can cause other health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, sleep apnea, and diabetes.

Pick a Good Toothbrush

It’s easy to pick up the toothbrush that is on sale but you get what you pay for! Studies show that quality electric toothbrushes remove more plaque and lead to healthier gums than standard toothbrushes. (We recommend Sonicare toothbrushes.) If you aren’t ready to invest in an electric toothbrush, be sure to choose a soft bristled brush. Stiffer bristles and rough brushing can cause gums to recede and can remove enamel from your teeth.

Drink Water

Sounds simple right? The thing is, most people don't drink enough water. Water is the number one choice of beverage for your smile and your body. Water helps to flush away food particles from the teeth and discourages tooth decay. Frequent consumption of soft drinks leads to decay and can also stain your teeth. Follow soft drinks and juice with a glass of water.

Who is Calming Fears?

"Calming Fears" is the name of this website, which is a site all about Indianapolis Dentistry by Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD. It's the first half of Dr. Reese's original slogan, "Calming Fears...Improving Smiles," which is all about the sedation dentistry that Dr. Reese specializes in. That second half, "Improving Smiles", is what this blog post (and more importantly this office) is all about. If you're in the Indianapolis area, I encourage you to consider Dr. Reese and his staff for your dental, cosmetic, and implant needs.

Look Younger With Teeth Whitening

No doubt about it. We're living longer, we're living better. All that effort put into diet and exercise is paying off. And while you're going through your paces on the treadmill, consider another part of you that might need a bit of improvement: your smile and whether or not you have white teeth. With age, one of the first things to go is the freshness of your smile. At about the age of thirty, tooth color begins to dim. There is a natural tendency for dentin, just beneath the enamel, to yellow or darken. If you smoke or overindulge in coffee or colas, the darkening can be very dramatic. Exercise and low-fat foods count for less if your smile gives you away.

But just as our health habits have improved, so has cosmetic dental technology. Now we have the tools and teeth whitening products to perfect the color, and the healthful look, of your teeth. These techniques have proven to drastically change the appearance of one's smile, creating a much more vibrant, youthful glow!

Teeth whitening systems take many forms. There are gels and solutions accelerated by light; laser tooth whitening is coming into use to boost the tooth whitening process. We can change color fast or over time. Patients often report improvements in their smiles after a single application. In a world that is so driven by instant gratification, we need the convenience of having these results produced quickly.

In any case, the result is visible in days and, with touch-ups, will last as long as you do. A pretty smile is within everyone's reach. So reach for it; don't let your smile age you faster than the rest of your body. You deserve it!

Implants vs. Dentures: Finding Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

Are you feeling self conscious about tooth loss? While we all hope to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout our lifetime, sometimes this is just not feasible.

Not only is tooth loss an aesthetical nightmare, but it can also expedite undesired dental and social problems. All your teeth are essential to chewing, speaking, and smiling. When any of your teeth are missing, these seemingly normal activities can be incredibly difficult and overwhelming.

Here are some tooth replacement options to consider in order to get your smile back in tip-top shape:

Implants

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Dr. Reese will “implant” a metal post beneath your gum and fuse it to your jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth will be mounted on the implant.

Indianapolis Dentistry makes implants a breeze with the following services:

  • Same day removal of nonrestorable teeth, with surgical placement of the implant and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate gaps in your smile.
  • Same day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures.
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation in our own surgery suites to avoid hospital costs, yet allow you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures.
  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jaw bone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss.
  • Gum grafting to replace the shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement.
  • Sinus bone grafting to provide the required jaw bone for implant placement in the upper jaw.
  • Some implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness!

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for implants, contact our office for a second opinion. We’ve been able to help many patients, that were previously told they couldn’t be helped. We’d also be happy to offer you a second opinion and treatment plan to assist you in your decision making.

Bonded Bridges

This type of bridge or denture spans where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place. A bonded bridge will keep teeth from drifting into spaces created from a missing tooth and helps preserve normal functionality and bite for the jaw (TMJ) joint. It is usually anchored to the teeth on either sides of the space, which gives the bridge strong support. Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing is required to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy.

Custom Full or Partial Removable Dentures

Dr. Reese enjoys creating a deceptively natural and becoming smile that is unique to each of his many denture patients. Unlike many dentists or clinics that consider themselves ‘denture specialists’, Dr. Reese will personally create the smile and fit that is crucial to ensure the outcome is a success for the patient, and also meets his standard of care.

The benefit of removable dentures is that they can been taken out of your mouth for cleaning and are generally less expensive than the above options. However, both implants and partial bridges are likely to feel more stable and comfortable.

Don't forget - all dentures are not created equal. If you look for the lowest price, you’ll get what you pay for. Self-fitting dentures, which are sometimes offered for “discount” prices, will not fit as well, or be made with lasting materials, or personalized craftsmanship, and generally are harder to get use to the feel as they are bigger, and don’t work (chew!) as well as custom made dentures. Dr. Reese will make sure your dentures feature premium long-wearing, low-staining teeth and high impact acrylic denture base. He personally performs the critical alignment and positioning of your teeth to create the smile that is deceptively natural and beautiful.

No one has to know you’re wearing dentures. No one wants a denture that looks like a “denture.” Unlike old-fashioned dentures, which may look unnatural, today’s denture can be made just for you, allowing you to look and feel better without anyone knowing why. Dr. Reese has extensive experience and knowledge to select and arrange teeth in a manner that creates the warm, natural smile you seek. Dentures help you to lose that sunken look in your lower face, as well as the wrinkles around your mouth. You’ll likely look younger and smile more often.

REMEMBER, at Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in-office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier implant and denture treatment, in-house, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Kids and Orthodontics

Did you know that utilizing orthodontic treatment (braces and invisalign) while your child is still growing may produce the most efficient results? We've found that seven years old is optimal for an orthodontic evaluation. At seven, children have the prime mix of adult and baby teeth allowing Indianapolis Dentistry's Dr. Ted Reese to easily spot any potential problems with your child's emerging teeth and jaw growth.

Why should you consider braces or invisalign for you child? 

There are numerous physical and emotional benefits to correcting your child's teeth at a young age. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to maintain and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Emotionally, a child's teeth can greatly affect his or her self esteem. By correcting their smile, you will give them the boost of confidence they need during an already difficult adolescent period. Furthermore, when utilized at a younger age, the social impacts of braces and invisalign on your child will be minimized!

Today's braces can be as discrete, or overt, as your child desires! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time, but the ceramic braces are tooth colored and (other than the wire) contain no metal. We also offer a multitude of colored bands to choose from and for children (or kids at heart) we offer Wild Smiles Brackets to make the braces experience a little more fun!

Invisalign is also a great, cost effective option for children anxious about the aesthetic and social implications of traditional braces.

No need to make multiple, inefficient trips visiting your family dentist, getting a referral, AND finding an orthodontist. At Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier orthodontic treatment, in-office, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

Why We Call Ourselves the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry While we offer everything from oral hygiene to orthodontics, our oral surgery center allows us to specialize in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. All of these dental services are provided in one place by Dr. Ted Reese. So although most of the time we go by "Indianapolis Dentistry" for short, sometimes it's worth noting the "Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry" part because we're proud of our work and our testimonials show that our patients are happy with us too.

A Fresh New Look

Never one to rest on our accomplishments, we continue to look for new ways to improve and serve the patients better. That's why we've invested in a fresh new look around the office. If you haven't been to our dental center in Indianapolis, just north of Greenwood, Indiana, we invite you to come check our our fresh new look. Our staff will work hard to make sure you feel comfortable in our spa-like environment. We are insurance friendly, which means we file all insurances.

The Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is the dental center for everything from a pampered, routine cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures. We do all of this out-of-network, which means we can file any insurance claim. By choosing our office over an in-network provider, you’re choosing your dental needs based on the skill and care of a doctor who’s one of the top dentists in the Midwest. Learn more about the differences in pricing of our office compared to an in-network provider. You might be surprised at how little a difference there is in price, but how much of a difference there is in quality and value.