Over time, abuse such as smoking, consumption of coffee and other dark beverages, and normal wear and tear cause teeth to lose their luster and begin to appear yellowed or stained. Whitening is an inexpensive and safe option to bring back their brightness.
Whitening has become a very popular procedure for enhancing smiles since patients can expect their teeth to look about two shades whiter than what they started with. Home whitening kits are typically the preferred way of whitening.
With this option, the patient is responsible for using the whitening consistently until they see the whiteness desired. Impressions are made of teeth so that the trays are custom fit for the patient. The whitening solution will be put into these trays and worn for specific periods of time.
Do you have sensitive teeth? Whitening is still an option. Our whitening trays can be worn for different lengths of time based on the percentages offered. Wearing the trays periodically usually requires maintenance once the desired level of whitening is achieved.
In-house whitening is also available.
There are times when your dentist will recommend crowns. A crown, or a cap, is a porcelain covering that is placed over the tooth surface to restore strength and appearance.
Crowns improve the appearance and structure of the tooth. Crowns are needed for fixing fractures, lending support to bridges, and when a filling is not enough to give a tooth proper structure.
Keep in mind that crowns typically consist of two appointments. Impressions are made in order to create custom crowns. For placement, the tooth will be numbed in order to remove any existing decay and to shape what is left of the tooth for attaching the new crown.
A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the new one is being made. It is important that great care is taken with the temporary crown to avoid loosening. When the new one arrives, the patient will return to the office for placement and fitting.
Sensitivity may be experienced with the new crown but should subside over time.
Porcelain veneers are a beautiful option for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Natural teeth can have spaces and be stained, crooked, deformed, or chipped. These are just a few reasons why veneers are recommended.
Veneers consist of very thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth, improving shape, size, and color.
In the first step of the process, the existing teeth are buffed and shaped and an impression is taken. The specific color that will be used is also chosen. In the second step, bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneer to the teeth and a light beam will set the adhesive. No anesthetic should be needed unless the patient is very sensitive.
Veneers are durable, but care needs to be taken as far as chewing on things that may shift the veneers. Ongoing care is similar to that of natural teeth.