If you’re not comfortable with your teeth or your smile, you may feel self-conscious or embarrassed in a number of situations, from eating and drinking in public, to speaking, presenting in professional settings, or even just smiling for a photo. But with cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Charles Lau at Wisconsin Dental Wellness, you can restore your smile and your self-confidence, and love how you look. Get the details below, or contact us for a cosmetic consultation today.
Teeth whitening uses powerful, peroxide-based compounds to “bleach” away external tooth stains, and restore the natural, white enamel of your teeth. This can be used to reverse yellowing caused by aging, stains and discoloration caused by tobacco use, and stains caused by drinking coffee, tea, and wine. We offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home options, so you can choose whether you’d prefer to be treated in our office, or at home on your own schedule.
In-office whitening is typically slightly more expensive, but allows you to whiten your teeth very quickly. In contrast, take-home whitening is usually cheaper, but requires you to treat yourself over a period of several days or weeks. The end result will be the same, regardless of the method you choose.
Veneers are small, extremely-thin dental prostheses. They are applied to the front of your teeth to cover up imperfections. Veneers are usually used to treat serious tooth stains, chipped or slightly-damaged teeth, and teeth that are misshapen, or slightly crooked. They’re typically made from durable, dental-grade porcelain, but may also be made from dental resin, in some cases. Unlike dental crowns, veneers are only meant to treat healthy teeth that have minor damage. If your tooth is severely damaged, a crown or another alternative treatment may be recommended, instead of a veneer.
Dental bonding is a great way to restore your smile with minimally-invasive treatment. It can be used to help treat teeth that are misshapen, discolored, chipped or gapped. The process is simple, Dr. Charles Lau applies a special, tooth-colored resin to your tooth. The resin is molded into the proper shape and hardened using a special ultraviolet light. Shaping and contouring may also be used to remove small amounts of enamel from the nearby teeth to improve the appearance of your whole smile. This treatment only takes a single appointment, making it great if you want to restore your smile quickly.
Dr. Lau is an experienced cosmetic dentist who takes the time to discuss your goals and your budget to come up with a treatment plan that works best for you. If you’re interested in sprucing up your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Deforest, give us a call now at 608-912-0323 to get started, or drop by our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.
Dental emergencies can be stressful and painful, but at Wisconsin Dental Wellness we always have emergency appointments available to take care of your needs right away. Dr. Lau does his best to accommodate patients in pain, and he is happy to adjust his schedule to provide the treatment you need. Call us now at 608-912-0323 or visit our practice during office hours if you are in need of emergency dental care.
There are many different kinds of dental emergencies. The most obvious emergencies involve impact injuries and direct dental trauma. However, a serious toothache is also considered a dental emergency. Other emergencies include:
First, contact the team at Wisconsin Dental Wellness and let us know you’re coming in for an emergency visit. If you can recover your tooth or dental work, gently rinse it off with warm water and replace it in the socket. If this isn’t possible, put it in a small container of milk. If you’re bleeding, use gauze or cotton balls to absorb the blood until you can come in. Pain can be treated with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Don’t use aspirin, since this can interfere with blood clotting. You can also mitigate pain by applying an ice pack externally.
We always offer same-day emergency appointments for our patients. Just walk into our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532, or call us beforehand at 608-912-0323. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it’s important to get the help you need right away to ensure the best outcome for your smile.
At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, Dr. Lau uses the latest tools and techniques to gently remove damaged teeth. We will always try to save infected teeth with a root canal, but if extraction is necessary, you will be comfortable throughout the treatment and we offer replacement options to restore your smile afterward. We also offer sedation dentistry to patients who are nervous about the procedure or have dental anxiety.
If a tooth has been damaged due to oral trauma, advanced tooth decay, or periodontal disease, it may need to be removed to eliminate pain and discomfort. Teeth may also need to be removed to prepare for certain dental procedures, such as the placement of a dental implant or full arch dentures. The most common reason for tooth extraction is problematic wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth typically grow in during the late teens and early twenties. By this time, most people do not have room left in their mouth for additional teeth, which can cause a range of dental issues. Wisdom teeth can cause oral infections, pain and discomfort, and overcrowding. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but if you think you may be experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lau today.
It typically only takes Dr. Lau about five minutes to extract a tooth. To begin the process, the area is cleaned and numbed. Then, Dr. Lau will use a special tool called an “elevator” to loosen the tooth by the root, and prepare it for extraction. Once the tooth is loose, Dr. Lau will gently pull it out, then clean and disinfect the area. To finish the treatment, the empty space will be sutured shut, allowing it to heal properly.
If you think that you may need one or more of your teeth extracted due to oral health issues, wisdom tooth eruption, or an oral injury, call the team at Wisconsin Dental Wellness at 608-912-0323, or come to our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.
A missing tooth doesn’t just harm your confidence. If you’re missing one or more teeth, this is a major threat to your dental and overall health. If left untreated, the jawbone and gum tissue beneath the missing tooth will start to deteriorate and weaken over time. In addition, your remaining teeth may shift into the missing space and cause orthodontic issues. Dental implants are a natural-looking solution for missing teeth that can last a lifetime with proper care.
Dental implants consist of two parts, the implant and the restoration. The implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into your gum and jaw, where the root of your missing tooth used to be. After the implant is placed, it will undergo the process of “osseointegration” as you heal. Once this process is complete, the implant will be bonded permanently with your bone and jaw, providing a strong, stable platform to which your restoration can be attached.
At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, we specialize in single-tooth restorations. Your restoration is a custom-made dental crown manufactured to seamlessly fit with the rest of your smile. Once your implant heals, your crown will be attached to the implant and bonded into place. The result is a permanent, natural-looking restoration that will last for the rest of your life with proper oral care.
While traditional implants require at least 2 appointments with 3-6 months of healing time, mini implants can be placed in just a single appointment. During this innovative treatment, patients are kept comfortable with local anesthesia, allowing you to restore your smile with minimal pain and no long waiting period. If you’re interested in replacing a missing tooth with an efficient procedure, give us a call today to see if you’re a good candidate for this restorative treatment.
If you are interested in a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, get in touch with our team today! Dr. Lau will perform a comprehensive oral exam and help you select the right treatment for your smile, your goals, and your budget. Contact Wisconsin Dental Wellness now at 608-912-0323, or stop by our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.
At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, we offer a number of different options for orthodontic correction using clear plastic aligners. Our options include Invisalign, ClearCorrect, MTM Clear Aligners, Inman Aligners, and Smart Moves Clear Aligners. At your orthodontic consultation, Dr. Lau will assess your smile and make recommendations about which treatment is right for your orthodontic needs.
Each aligner system uses a different type of plastic, but each system operates using the same basic principles. Rather than using a “bracket-and-wire” system like traditional braces, these aligners use a retainer-like, hard plastic aligner to shift the position of your teeth. Clear aligners are extremely thin, yet durable. None of these aligner options interfere with speech, and they can be removed for eating and drinking, brushing and flossing, and other daily activities. For these reasons, clear aligners have become very popular among orthodontic patients who would like to avoid highly visible traditional metal braces.
The treatment process for each aligner system is very similar. During your consultation, Dr. Lau will determine whether you are a good candidate for clear aligners and help you decide which system is right for you. Next, he will take images and impressions of your teeth, which are then sent to a third-party lab where your aligners are designed and manufactured. You’ll wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, for 20-22 hours per day. Every 6 weeks, you’ll come in for a quick oral exam at Wisconsin Dental Wellness and Dr. Lau will check the progress of your treatment and give you your next sets of aligners. Treatment time is typically just under a year, though this can vary.
Clear aligners are a popular choice for orthodontic correction because they come with a wide range of benefits, including:
Interested in Invisalign, or any other clear plastic aligner system? Schedule an appointment at Wisconsin Dental Wellness today! Dr. Lau will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation, and help you decide on the right method of orthodontic correction. Give us a call at 608-912-0323 to get started, or come by our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.
Orthodontic treatment can help you improve and straighten your smile, and can resolve jaw issues that interfere with your ability to speak and eat properly. Patients are more likely to take proper care of a beautiful smile, and straight teeth will also make you feel better about your appearance. At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, Dr. Lau will work with you to design a custom orthodontic program that will give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Traditional metal braces use a system of brackets, wires and rubber bands to slowly reposition the teeth, and adjust the bite, jaw position, and more. They have been used for decades, and are the best option for patients who have serious issues with jaw malpositioning, or significantly gapped, crowded or rotated teeth. Typical treatment time is around 2 years for most patients, though this varies significantly based on your particular situation and oral condition. Some patients may be able to correct their smile in a significantly shorter period of time.
Six Month Smiles are made of tooth-colored brackets and wires that can correct minor flaws and aesthetic issues with your smile, typically within a short six month period. This treatment can correct gapped, crooked, or asymmetrical smiles, as well as uneven gum lines. While treatment is fast, Six Month Smiles is not right for every orthodontic case. If you have significantly crooked teeth or other orthodontic issues, you may require traditional braces or Invisalign. Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lau and determine which treatment option is right for you.
Invisalign is the most well-known system of clear plastic aligners, but we also offer ClearCorrect, MTM Clear Aligners, Inman Aligners, and Smart Moves Clear Aligners. These treatments differ slightly, but they all use a series of clear, thin aligners to gently shift your teeth into proper position. These aligners do not impair speech and are virtually invisible, so nobody needs to know about your orthodontic treatment. During your orthodontic consultation, Dr. Lau will go over your options and help you decide which aligners are right for you.
Dr. Charles Lau is an experienced orthodontist, and is proud to help patients improve their smiles in Deforest and the surrounding areas. At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, we offer individualized, patient-focused care. If you’re interested in orthodontic correction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lau today! Take the first steps towards the smile you’ve always wanted, and give us a call at 608-912-0323 or come to our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.
Proper pediatric care is essential for children of all ages. Seeing a dentist regularly from a young age helps eliminate the risk of developing dental anxiety, and ensures that an expert is keeping an eye on their oral development and health. Dr. Lau is an experienced pediatric dentist, and he will always make sure that you and your family feel comfortable and at home at Wisconsin Dental Wellness.
If you’re a new parent, you may be wondering when to bring your child to the dentist for the first time. Most dentists recommend that you bring your child in as soon as their first tooth erupts, or once they turn one year old; whichever comes first. Early dental appointments are the best way to make sure your child’s oral development is on track, and that any potential issues are addressed before they become more serious.
Bringing your child to the same dentist throughout childhood has a number of benefits. First, it helps them feel more comfortable with dental appointments and encourages the development of better oral hygiene habits. This also allows you to develop a real relationship with your family dentist and ensures your child gets the best care from infancy through their teenage years and beyond. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lau today and take the first steps towards a lifelong dental relationship with Wisconsin Dental Wellness.
Your first visit to Wisconsin Dental Wellness will typically include a basic oral exam. X-rays may be taken for older children, and your child’s teeth may be cleaned. After the exam is over, Dr. Lau will discuss any issues, help you schedule your next checkup, and go over the basics of pediatric oral health. He will always take the time to answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral development. As your child grows older, Dr. Lau may also recommend other preventive procedures, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Whether you’re a new parent looking to bring your child to the dentist for the first time, or you’re new to the Deforest area and need a dental office to call home, Wisconsin Dental Wellness is here to help. Our team specializes in pediatric care, and we’re always accepting new patients. To schedule your first consultation with Dr. Lau, give us a call at 608-912-0323, or come by our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues in America. It has been estimated that at least 50% of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Without proper treatment and periodontal care, a serious case of gum disease can develop and cause irreversible loss of gum tissue and teeth. Dr. Lau of Wisconsin Dental Wellness is an expert periodontist. He will protect your gums and treat them if you are experiencing any issues.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque and tartar. Over time, these bacteria build up on your teeth and gums.If they are not removed by brushing and flossing, they will attack your gum tissue, causing infection and inflammation. The primary cause of gum disease is neglect of oral health. However, other contributing factors include diabetes, poor diet, tobacco use, and genetics. Your best defense against gum disease is routine checkups and cleanings with Dr. Lau.
Periodontal disease has a range of symptoms, depending on the severity of the disease. The most minor form of gum disease is called gingivitis and involves the following symptoms:
Gingivitis is reversible with proper oral hygiene and treatment from Dr. Lau. However, if it is left untreated, it may progress to a more serious case of irreversible periodontitis. This stage of gum disease involves the following symptoms:
Laser periodontal therapy uses an advanced dental laser to remove inflamed and damaged gum tissue from the roots of your teeth, and smooth the tooth root, eliminating infection and promoting better gum health. This treatment helps gums regenerate and heal, and removes the infection. Laser periodontal therapy is very effective, and less invasive than traditional scaling and root planing treatments.
Time is critical when it comes to treating gum disease. The longer you wait to get treatment, the higher your risk is of developing a significant, irreversible case of periodontitis. If you notice any signs or symptoms of gum disease, contact the team at Wisconsin Dental Wellness right away to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lau. You can reach us at 608-912-0323, or come to our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.
At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, we focus on preventive dentistry to help our patients avoid common dental health issues. Regular oral exams, teeth cleanings, and fluoride treatments can prevent, halt, and even reverse tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. If you need preventive dentistry in Deforest, Dr. Lau and our team at Wisconsin Dental Wellness would feel honored to help you maintain your smile!
Fluoride treatments are a simple, yet powerful way to prevent the formation of cavities. This natural, organic compound has the unique ability to “remineralize” teeth. During this process, teeth that have been weakened by decay are strengthened and healed. Fluoride also protects teeth and prevents cavities altogether. This treatment consists of a paste or gel that is “painted” onto your teeth, and left to sit for several minutes before being rinsed off. The high concentration of fluoride on your teeth encourages remineralization and can protect teeth for up to six months
Dental sealants prevent the formation of cavities by shielding teeth with a thin film of specialized dental plastic. Sealants are placed directly over teeth at high risk of developing cavities, such as rear molars. This treatment prevents acids and sugars from contacting your enamel, and keeps cavities from forming. Sealants are often used for pediatric patients who are more likely to develop cavities due to sugar intake and improper brushing or flossing habits.
Periodontics is a specialized field of dentistry concerned with treating gums. As an expert periodontist, Dr. Lau is highly qualified to help patients prevent and treat gum disease, one of the most common dental health issues in America. Minor cases of gum disease can usually be treated with a deep cleaning and a proper oral care routine, but more serious cases usually require special care. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding when brushing, constant bad breath, shifting of the teeth, and increased gum sensitivity. Come see Dr. Lau right away if you think you may need periodontal care.
At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, your health is our priority. We focus on preventive care and education to keep our patients’ smiles strong. To schedule a preventive appointment or a routine checkup, give us a call today or stop by our office. We are located right off County Hwy CV/Main St., next to Ace Hardware, and our address is 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532. We’d love to see you!
If your smile is damaged due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or a dental injury, Dr. Lau and our team at Wisconsin Dental Wellness can help. Whether you’re suffering from the smallest cavity or you have lost multiple teeth, we will restore your smile with compassionate, judgment-free care. Get back to your day-to-day life with our restorative dentistry treatments.
Composite fillings are used to repair and strengthen teeth that have been damaged by decay. These fillings are custom-made to match the color of your surrounding teeth perfectly, so nobody will need to know about your treatment. Composite fillings are made from durable dental resin, so they are natural-looking and will last for years. Whether you have a painful cavity or you would simply like to replace old, silver amalgam fillings, we can restore your smile and give you back your confidence.
Root canals are used to treat infected teeth. When a tooth becomes infected, the nerve-filled “pulp” becomes inflamed and causes serious pain. Root canals are fairly common procedures, and they are made virtually painless with local anesthetic. During root canal therapy, Dr. Lau will make a small hole in your tooth to remove the infected material and replace it with a rubber-like substance. Then, the tooth is cleaned and finished with either a filling or a crown, restoring its shape and function, and preventing further damage.
Crowns are also often called “caps” because they are designed to fit around the entire exterior chewing surface of a cracked or broken tooth, capping it to protect the natural structure from further damage. Crowns keep your remaining tooth healthy, and are often used after root canal therapy or to improve the appearance of a tooth. At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, we use the highest-quality, lab-made porcelain dental crowns.
Dentures are an effective, natural-looking way to restore missing teeth. Partial dentures usually consist of an acrylic and metal base, which holds one or more “false teeth” in place. Full dentures fit directly over the gums to replace the upper arch and/or lower arch of your teeth. Whether you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, Dr. Lau can provide you with a natural, comfortable, high-quality partial or full denture to restore your smile and your confidence.
Dr. Lau is has extensive experience with restorative dentistry, and he will efficiently repair your smile with gentle, compassionate care. Whether you are suffering from a small cavity or severe decay, we have the treatments you need to get back to optimal health. If you are in need of restorative dental care in Deforest, give us a call today to get started, or drop by our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532. We are located right off County Hwy CV/Main St., next to Ace Hardware.
At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, we offer both laughing gas and oral conscious sedation to ensure that all of our patients are comfortable during treatment. Patients may be interested in sedation for a number of reasons, including dental anxiety and lengthy procedures. We offer sedation for every patient because we want to provide the treatment you need in a safe, comfortable environment.
“Laughing gas” helps patients with minor anxiety relax in the dentist’s chair. This sedative is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose, and its effects are feelings of happiness and euphoria. Laughing gas wears off quickly, making it an ideal option for children or patients who would like to drive themselves home and go about the rest of their day as they normally would after their appointment.
Oral conscious sedation is taken in pill form, which you’ll take about an hour before your appointment. During your procedure, your level of consciousness will be significantly reduced, and you may even fall asleep. This is an ideal option for patients who have serious dental anxiety or will be undergoing a lengthy procedure. Effects of oral conscious sedation can persist for 4-6 hours or longer, so if you choose this option you’ll need to make sure you have transportation arrangements after your treatment.
We offer sedation treatment for patients of all ages and during all of our procedures. From oral exams to fillings, crowns, and dental implants, we go above and beyond to make sure you feel safe and comfortable, and that you get the treatment you need. Call us now at 608-912-0323, or come to our office at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532 to learn more.
If you’re experiencing jaw pain, discomfort when chewing, or unexplained headaches, you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD. At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, Dr. Lau is an expert when it comes to treating jaw issues and TMJ disorders. Dr. Lau will assess your mouth, discuss your symptoms, and work with you to develop an effective treatment plan.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly called TMJ or TMD, is a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This is a small joint located directly underneath your ear that attaches your jaw to your skull. This joint is used in many daily activities including chewing, speaking, and yawning. If this joint becomes damaged or inflamed, you may develop a painful case of TMJ/TMD.
The causes of TMJ/TMD can vary widely and they include arthritis, joint overuse, teeth grinding (bruxism), and oral trauma. TMJ/TMD symptoms can also vary, based on the cause of the issue. However, symptoms typically include:
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, come in for a consultation with Dr. Lau right away and get the treatment you need.
Depending on the cause of your TMJ/TMD, a number of treatment options may be recommended. Lifestyle changes, for example, can help eliminate TMJ/TMD caused by jaw overuse. Teeth grinding can be addressed with a night guard, and TMJ/TMD caused by arthritis may be treated with corticosteroid injections. Dr. Lau will assess your jaw and joint, and discuss your symptoms in order to develop the proper treatment for your particular case.
At Wisconsin Dental Wellness, we will get you out of pain and restore your comfort if you suffer from TMD/TMJ. Our team will work with you to determine the root cause of your disorder, and help you find the treatment method that works best for your particular case. If you’re ready to get started and eliminate your jaw pain once and for all, give us a call at 608-912-0323 or stop by our office. We’re conveniently located at 821 S Main Street, Deforest, WI 53532.