Teeth whitening, or teeth bleaching can be defined as the whitening or lightening of a single tooth or multiple teeth through the application of chemical agents. Teeth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic dental procedure, and is one of the most straight forward ways to give you a whiter and brighter smile. Teeth bleaching can be achieved by our dental team. When full arch bleaching is requested, we offer two choices: take home, or in office.
Take home bleaching is more common. In this case, the dentist will take impressions (molds) of each arch, pour stone models, and make custom trays for the patient to wear. These custom trays are made from clear, soft material, and they serve to hold the bleaching gel away from the gums, thus reducing irritation.
In office bleaching has advantages. Using this technique includes, speed, convenience, and predictability. In some instances, patients can see a dramatic change in about an hour. Similar changes could take up to two weeks using the take home technique. Each step of the bleaching process is monitored, and controlled by the dental professional. There are no compliance issues (such as not wearing the trays every night, not smoking , or not drinking red wine during the bleaching process), which could lead to less than optimal results.
Dental veneers are a shell, or layer of tooth colored porcelain placed over the facial surfaces of teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration, and chips or fractures. Although dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry (because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth), they also protect the surface of damaged teeth, and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other benefits of veneers include: durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns.
Dental veneers may solve most, or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, like:
~Worn enamel – Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled, and discolored. Such wear and discoloration is often the result of consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee, smoking, the used of certain medications, etc.
~Wear and tear – Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, fractures, or a generally uneven appearance.
~Uneven teeth – Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.
Porcelain is the most appropriate and long lasting material for dental veneers. The removal of any natural tooth structure is permanent, so we prefer to offer patients the most minimally invasive options first. If your natural teeth are functionally and esthetically adequate, dental veneers may not be an appropriate treatment for you. Veneers do have the added benefits of longevity, and a proven ability to enhance the appearance of the mouth, smile, and other facial features that are better supported by properly shaped teeth.
Porcelain dental veneers may require the “shaping” or “prepping” of all teeth being treated. Therefore, we recommend whitening the teeth first for people with mildly discolored teeth who want a whiter smile, because it’s the least invasive cosmetic dentistry option. If crooked teeth or alignment issues are involved, whitening also may be combined with orthodontic treatments.
Our goal is to provide high quality dental care, while putting you in the most comfortable setting possible. We offer blankets, pillows, sun glasses to shield your eyes, and even headphones with an ipod if you wish to listen to music.