This can be any procedure performed to correct imperfections or change the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it improved. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be altered to creat a beautiful smile.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
WHITENING - This is the process of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods:
In office treatment- This meathod is safe, effective, and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of in office treatment in comparison to days of wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the whitening solution. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.
At home treatment- The tray method involves having impressions taken from which a custom tray is fabricated. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
The end results whether using trays or in office treatment is the same. The cost of the tray method is about half compared to in office, and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
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