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Dental Veneers

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Invisalign, Veneers with tags , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by dukeslc

Dental Veneers are custom-made porcelain or composite resin “shells” placed on the front surface of a tooth.  Veneers are bonded to the tooth and are intended to improve the cosmetic appearance or esthetics of the tooth.  Veneers can be made to increase the length or size of the tooth, change the shape of the tooth, or to change the color of the tooth. 

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can be made from dental porcelain in a dental laboratory or from composite resin placed by the dentist directly onto the tooth.  Porcelain veneers have greater strength and typically last longer without wear or need for replacement.  Porcelain has been proven to resist stains better and replicates the appearance and texture properties of natural teeth.

Composite Resin Veneers

The dentist can place composite Resin Veneers directly onto the tooth.  Depending on the reason for the dental veneer, resin veneers can be made thinner than porcelain veneers.  While this may provide less tooth removal, the resin can be prone to chipping or wear due to the thin nature of the veneer and may require frequent replacement.

Why Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers are a long-term solution for teeth with an array of functional or cosmetic problems.

1)     Teeth that are discolored from the interior of the tooth.  This is not a common occurrence, but teeth may discolor after a Root Canal is completed or if the tooth suffers trauma and turns a brown or gray.

2)     Discolored teeth due to excessive fluoride or use of the drug called tetracycline.  Use of these two drugs can interfere with the formation and color of the enamel on permanent teeth at a young age.

3)     Teeth that are chipped, worn down, or broken. Veneers restore teeth to their normal shape and size and can fix the appearance of a chipped tooth.

4)     Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, crooked, or have large spaces in between them. For many people with crooked or misaligned teeth, the combination of braces and veneers is the optimal option, both functionally and cosmetically.  Veneers can correct the appearance of misaligned teeth, but cannot fix the incorrect bite of the premolars and molars.  Invisalign braces allow the patient to bite correctly, make space for the veneers, and allow for the best long-term oral health of the patient.

Dr. David Duke  loves to perform cosmetic dentistry and welcomes you to experience our gentle dentistry and a FREE Consultation at your convenience.  Please check out our website for more information and call our Salt Lake City Dental Office for an appointment today. We look forward to meeting you and addressing your individual needs.


Benefits of Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Invisalign, Teeth Whitening with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by dukeslc

Almost everyone has had or seen the Traditional metal braces used widely by Orthodontists.  Most people remember the horrible grade school nicknames like “metal-mouth” or “brace-face.”  An adult with metal braces can receive odd looks or teasing comments as well.  With today’s technology the dental community has welcomed Invisalign braces with open arms.  Their almost complete invisibility has allowed teenagers to wear braces without the humiliating psychological and social effects.  As well as provided adults the ability to wear braces in many social, business, and professional settings.  The following are some simple pros and cons of Traditional braces versus Invisalign braces.

Oral Hygiene and Tooth Decay

Traditional braces are placed directly on the tooth and can have various attachments such as metal bars, small elastics, springs, and bands.  These various pieces of traditional braces may catch or hold food and make flossing extremely difficult.  Food caught in braces can also cause the patient to have bad breath and can require special cleaning tools that may add to the cost of the braces.  People may also be limited to WHAT they can eat.  Most are advised to avoid such things as corn on the cob or biting an apple to prevent a metal bracket coming off or bending the metal wire.

If the braces are not thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, patients can experience decalcification and/or tooth decay.  This is often a problem with patients due to the fact that both cause discoloration of tooth enamel and may require tooth whitening or dental fillings.  These can be bothersome if they are on the front teeth and can range from mild to severe depending on the oral hygiene of the patient.

Invisalign aligners are removable and allow for normal eating, brushing, and flossing while in treatment.  In our practice, we have seen a marked decrease in the amount of dental decay due to this simple feature.  It is required that the aligners are worn for at least 20 hours per day, allowing 4 hours for regular eating and cleaning without the retainers.  The aligners are not made to be worn while eating and thus will not cause a patient to avoid eating any type of food.


Traditional braces can be painful due to the sharp or pointy edges of the brackets or wires.  Bracket wax is often recommended to avoid sores or cuts on the inside of the cheeks or lips.  These can decrease over time as the patient’s tissues “toughen up” or become accustomed to the metal braces.

Invisalign aligners have smooth, comfortable edges and do not cause tissue irritation in nearly all patients. Invisalign aligners also don’t require any extra materials or time when wearing them.

Length of Treatment

Traditional Braces treatment varies based on the severity of the case.  Patients with severe crowding, rotated teeth, or teeth that cannot erupt into the mouth due to lack of space will have a much longer treatment time compared to those with minor to moderate crowding.  Typical length of time is an average of 2 years.

Invisalign braces are slightly different.  The length of treatment is based on the number of trays the patient will need to wear in order to achieve the straight smile they desire.  Each tray is worn for 2 weeks and then replaced with the next set of trays worn for 2 weeks, and so forth.  Depending on the type of tooth crowding, Invisalign will decide how many trays it will take to move the teeth, via computer technology.  Simple cases are typically 4 to 6 months in length.  Severe cases of crowding can extend up to 12 months or more.  Average length of time is typically 10 to 12 months for Invisalign treatment.

Other Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign provides the dental office a computer simulation of the patient’s alignment that the patient is able to view, approve of, or change based on the desired final results.  The visual progression of the treatment allows patients to see the before and after of their treatment, as well as educates the patient of the entire process.  The ability to view the final result also increases the motivation of the patient to properly follow instructions and wear the aligners as recommended.

Invisalign aligners can also be used as whitening trays during treatment.  This provides all our patient’s the ability to synchronize the whitening and straightening of their teeth for a perfect smile at the end of treatment.  The cosmetic benefits Invisalign aligners offer are astounding!

Invisalign aligners can be used as a retainer at the end of treatment.  The last aligner is used to perfect the treatment and is recommended to be kept and used as a retainer once treatment is completed.  The clear aligner is much more user-friendly than the traditional retainer with a metal wire across the front of the teeth.

We are proud to offer Invisalign to all our patients and welcome new patients interested to schedule a FREE Invisalign Consultation.  We offer various financing options based on each patient’s treatment and custom limitations.  Please call our Salt Lake City Invisalign Office at 801-355-2202 and check out our website to learn more about our office and excellent staff. We look forward to meeting you!

Salt Lake City Invisalign Dentist

Posted in Dental, Invisalign, Teeth Whitening with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by dukeslc

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that dentists use as an alternative to the traditional metal braces. In the majority of orthodontic cases, Invisalign is the treatment of choice due to the comfort, user-friendly advantages, and cosmetic appearance. We are proud to offer all of our patients the best technology and care in our Salt Lake City Invisalign dental office.

What are the Advantages?

§         The greatest advantage of the treatment is the cosmetic appearance. The aligners are completely transparent and made of clear, hard plastic. This makes the method particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces. Invisalign for Teens has also been created to help teens straighten their teeth without their peers ever even knowing!

§         In addition to the benefits of invisibility, our patients have found the aligners more comfortable and user-friendly than metal braces. There are no metal brackets to cut your lips or cheeks and the aligners do not irritate gums. Due to the fact that the aligners can be removed and cleaned, unlike metal braces which routinely catch food and gum in the brackets.

§         The hygienic benefits are excellent and the chance of tooth decay is much lower in comparison to traditional braces. The aligners must be worn for 20 hours a day, allowing time to remove them while eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. With traditional braces, demineralization or tooth decay occurs in 50% of patients. The metal wires also prevent dental x-rays from being taken and tooth decay is usually not caught or noticed until after the braces are removed. The Invisalign aligners are removed while eating and patients are told to brush and floss their teeth before returning the aligners to their mouth.

§         Computerized treatment planning is an excellent way of checking the proper alignment of the teeth and customizing the finished product to the patient’s unique desires. The patient is brought into the office to review, critique, and agree to the treatment as it is shown online to the Dentist.

§         Due to the advanced nature of Invisalign technology, the orthodontic treatment is typically quicker than traditional braces. The average length of time a patient is in treatment is 12 months. The final aligner is kept as a final retainer which the patient can keep for the rest of their life and wear at night to help prevent the teeth from shifting after treatment.

§         The aligners can be used as bleach trays to whiten teeth. The custom aligners are very similar to bleach trays and can double as bleach trays to prevent an added cost. We offer all of our Invisalign patients teeth whitening products so that they have perfectly white teeth at the end of their treatment!

Are there any disadvantages?

§         Because the aligners are removable, they do have the potential to get lost. The good news is that Invisalign stores all treatments in their database and we are able to request a single tray be remade to replace the lost aligner. 

§         Another potential disadvantage is that the trays MUST be worn no less than 20 hours per day. If a patient is not consistent with their wear, the trays will not have their intended effect and the patient will struggle to achieve their optimal smile.

§         If a patient suffers from grinding their teeth, the aligners have the potential to become damaged before their 2-week use is up.  If a person has severe grinding habits, other options will need to be discussed before attempting the use of Invisalign treatment.

Our Salt Lake City Invisalign practice is located downtown with beautiful views of Salt Lake City and easily accessed from I-15.  We are proud to be one of a few Utah Invisalign providers and offer FREE CONSULTATIONS to all who would like to explore their options. Call our office today or visit our website and let us help you achieve the smile you desire through the dentistry you deserve.

Amazing Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve your smile

Posted in Cosmetic, Implants, Invisalign, Smile Designs, Veneers with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by dukeslc
Cosmetic Veneers

Actual Patient, Veneers

Could you imagine never smiling, always keeping your hand over your mouth when you talk, or just ashamed to show your teeth? There are a lot of people who have no idea what it is like to smile from ear to ear because they are embarrassed of their teeth. In our Salt Lake City dentist office we provide, teeth whitening, gum contouring, bonding, white fillings, crowns, veneers, implants and Invisalign. Thanks to the many different procedures that cosmetic dentistry provides everyone can have something to smile about.

Teeth Whitening
Whitening your teeth is probably the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure. There are many different options you can use. Anyone can buy over-the-counter whitening products that will help improve the front surface of your teeth. For the best results you can visit our Salt Lake City dentist office to have custom fit bleach trays made especially for you. These custom whitening kits come with whitening gel that you put directly in your bleach trays. You can use the trays as much as they want to get the desired result. Once you are happy with the color of your teeth, you can touch up as often as you would like.

If you are having other cosmetic dentistry procedures done, you may want to whiten your teeth first so you can match the work to the new color because bonding, crowns, or veneers do not whiten.

Gum Contouring
In or Salt Lake City dentist office we have patients come in who complain that they have “short stubby teeth” or a “gummy smile.” In reality their gums have just grown over their teeth. Gum contouring can reveal long, beautiful teeth. Gum contouring is done in our Salt Lake City dentist office with local anesthetic. It may take the tissue up to two weeks to heal completely. This is a great option for our patients.

Bonding and White Fillings
Bonding is a term used by cosmetic dentists for applying white filling material on your teeth. This can be a great procedure to close small gaps or fix small chips in your front teeth. Bonding does cost less but definitely doesn’t last as long as a crown or veneer. It will only last for 5-10 years. Bonding will also stain depending on your hygiene habits. Smoking, drinking coffee and tea will stain it a lot faster.
White filling is the back of you mouth is a great option too. Dentist used to use silver amalgam filling to fix cavities. Cosmetic dentists are now using white filling materials to fix the back teeth, it looks a lot better and is better for your tooth. A lot of patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office are having us change out their silver filling to white fillings.

Veneers and Crowns
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns are great options for patients to change their smile. They can close gaps, fix mildly crooked teeth, change the color or your teeth and replace old broken down dentistry. Unlike bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns are created in a lab outside your mouth from mould of your teeth. They won’t stain, so the color you choose will be the color they always are. They also last a lot longer then bonding, if you have good oral hygiene they can last up to 20 years. Every patient in our Salt Lake City dentist office who has this done always says, “If I knew it was this easy and would have looked so good I would have done it a long time ago!”

Dental Implants
Implants are great options for our patients to replace missing teeth. Once the implant is in, it is like you were never missing the tooth. You can eat with them, brush and floss just like normal.

Invisalign is a great way for our patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office to straighten their teeth. It is a great alternative to traditional braces. No one will even know you are going through treatment because it is practically invisible. With Invisalign you are able to keep your gums healthy because you can remove the trays to eat, drink and brush and floss your teeth.

Everyone should be confidant to smile from ear to ear because of they many ways that cosmetic dentistry can help. If any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures are something you are interested in please look at Dental Designs of Salt Lake Website for more information. We offer free cosmetic consultations in our office.

Invisalign is CLEARLY the best choice for your best smile!

Posted in Dental, Invisalign on March 19, 2010 by dukeslc

Are you ready for a smile that transforms your appearance?  Invisalign may be your answer.  There are so many different options out there, but none of them work as effortlessly as Invisalign.

 Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners that you change out about every two weeks.  Every aligner is made individually with exact calculations that will gradually move your teeth into the correct position.  Invisalign custom made for your and your teeth only.   You and Dr. Duke will devise a plan so you know you will end up with a smile that truly fits you!


Invisalign is the best way to transforms your smile without interfering you’re your day-to-day life out.  Check out the benefits:



          You can remove Invisalign aligners to eat, drink, brush, floss, or for special occasions. 



          Dr. Duke will take precise impressions and customize your aligners for your teeth. 



          Even before you treatment is complete you will see improvement in your teeth and begin to enjoy the benefits of a better smile.



            Invisalign aligners are smooth so they won’t irritate your gums or cheeks. 



            Invisalign is virtually invisible so hardly anyone will even know you are straightening your teeth.  


If you are ready to straighten your teeth and transform your smile to what you have always wanted Dr. David L. Duke in Salt Lake City, UT can help.  Call for a free consultation.  801-355-2202.  Visit our website for more information, we look forward to meeting you soon!

A Straight Smile is A Healthy Smile!

Posted in Invisalign on March 11, 2010 by dukeslc

Everyone knows that a straight, well-aligned smile looks wonderful. Did you know that kind of smile often means it’s also a healthy smile.  Put yourself in a healthy state of mind, and take a look at the many benefits of a properly aligned smile with Invisalign can provide for you.

*Healthier gums*

The Invisalign Smile 

Early signs of periodontal disease, such as swollen gums and redness, can happen due to teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Clinical studies have shown that when teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit tighter around the teeth, and can lead to better periodontal health.  Invisalign’s greatest advantage is the ability to straighten your teeth therefore the health of your gums will improve when Invisalign treatment is complete.  Since you can brush and floss normally with Invisalign, unlike with traditional braces, your gums will stay healthy while going through the Invisalign process.

*Easier and Better cleaning*

One of the Invisalign’s greatest qualities is that there are no metal bands, brackets, or wires like traditional braces have.   Because of the metal in traditional braces it can act as a foodtrap, collect, and is much  harder to clean, which can lead to periodontal disease.  Since Invisalign is removable it allows you to maintain good oral hygiene habits so you may also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.

*Improved chewing and speech*

Improved chewing and speech 

When teeth are not positioned correctly it can lead to speech difficulties and uncomfortable chewing issues. Invisalign treatment can improve issues by giving you better-aligned teeth and a better bite.

*Maintain comfort and tooth structure*

Lady smiling

Misaligned teeth and jaws can result in abnormal stress to your teeth and jaw.  This can cause pain to your jaw joints. Teeth that are misaligned can also cause abnormal wear which can trigger problems in the future.  Invisalign will help align your bite so these problems will not happen. 

Not only will invisalign give you the smile that you have always wanted but will help keep your teeth healthy so you can keep them the rest of your life.  For more information check out our website or Call Dr. Duke in Salt Lake City to schedule your free consultation today!!  801-355-2202

With Invisalign, all you’ll need to adjust is your new smile!

Posted in Invisalign on March 5, 2010 by dukeslc

If it weren’t for the remarkable way it was transforming your smile, you’d hardly even notice it. Since Invisalign is clear and removeable it allows you live your life.

*Time for a snack? No problem, take out you aligners to eat or drink whenever you want!
*Since Invisalign is virtually invisible, chances are no one will even notice anyting is different, until your new smile is revealed, of course!
*You can remove your Invisalign aligners, so you can brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums health.
*You can remove you Invisaling aligners on occasion and enjoy a special night out with that special someone.
*There’s no need to change a thing. Continue you day-to-day life while still straightening your teeth.
*Be yourself with invisalign. Since it’s clear you don’t have to hide your smile while going through treatment.
*With Invisalign it’s easy to make your smile picture perfect for any special occasion.
*Invisalign appointments work with your schedule. Most visits are in and out, with a quick progress check, once every six weeks.

Is Invisalign right fo You?? For more information on Invisalign visit our website. Call for a FREE consultation in our Salt Lake City, Utah office to take advantage of our March Madness Special, over $600 off!!! Don’t miss out!