We love to help create beautiful smiles, and we are happy to offer many cosmetic dental services. Our first objective is to support the lifelong optimal health for your teeth and gums, and all our cosmetic procedures will have health as a main ingredient to beautiful esthetics.
Whitening of tooth enamel is safe and provides excellent results for most patients. The main ingredient in all whitening products is a peroxide solution. This solution varies in the way it is delivered to the enamel and the strength. Although the whitening of the teeth is quite stable, there can be some re-darkening of teeth over time, and the whitening process may need brief touch-ups over time.
Some options for whitening are as follows:
- Over the counter whitening products, such as Crest Whitestrips, can often be effective. They provide lower-strength peroxide to the teeth with either a gel or a strip that is coated with the whitening product. We recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions, and caution our patients not to overuse the product. Since these techniques allow more material to be swallowed than other techniques, there is a risk of esophageal irritation if overused.
- For a stronger, faster whitening process, we offer a custom-made tray that fits your teeth precisely to hold the whitening peroxide gel most accurately to your teeth. For this procedure, we take impressions, or molds, of your teeth and custom fabricate a soft plastic tray that the patient wears at home with the whitening material inside. For maximum whitening, the patient wears this tray at home for 30 minutes a day for two weeks. As mentioned above, a brief 30-minute touch-up with the whitening trays may be needed every several months in order to keep teeth their whitest.
- For a more immediate whitening result, we offer an in-office whitening procedure where the strongest whitening material can be used. This procedure takes about 2 hours in our office, and the patient does receive custom-made trays that fit precisely in order to enhance or touch-up the whitening over time.
Bonded Resin Restorations
Bonded Resin Restorations are another way that teeth can be enhanced cosmetically. Composite resin can be bonded directly to enamel to change the shape and appearance of teeth in one office visit. At an office consultation, we can give you an exact idea of how the bonded teeth will look. Spaces can be closed, discolored areas covered, and fractures successfully repaired. Bonded resin restorations typically last around a 6 - 10 before needing to be replaced.
Porcelain Veneers are an excellent option for many anterior teeth where the patient desires significant changes in teeth color, shape, and/or size. A porcelain veneer is created in the laboratory and then bonded to the tooth. These restorations give superior esthetic results, and can last many, many years. They can fill spaces and subtly change the shape and length of anterior teeth. This procedure requires two office visits, where the patient will have temporary veneers for two to three weeks prior to the final placement of the porcelain veneers. Some teeth may not be appropriate for veneers, and at an office consultation, we can tell you all the options available to you.
Orthodontic treatment of teeth is often a great option to treat crowded or crooked teeth. Although we do not directly provide orthodontic care in our office, we work with terrific orthodontists in our community that can give you excellent results with your esthetic and oral health needs.