Brilliant white teeth has always been one of the most sought-after hallmarks of beauty. Unfortunately, pearly whites tend to lose their luster over the years. Tea, coffee, cigarettes, red wine, and even sodas can cause discoloration as staining material settles into the tiny cracks and crevices in tooth enamel’s highly porous surface. To counter this, we offer in-office tooth whitening system that strips away the dullness.
To prepare you for the procedure, the dentist will clean your teeth, fill any cavities, and see that your gums are healthy. We also want to make sure tooth whitening will work for your particular situation, since some discoloration – such as tetracycline banding – will not do well with whitening systems. The procedure, which involves an application of hydrogen peroxide in a concentration that is tailored to each patient, is painless and quick enough that some patients are able to squeeze it into their lunch hour.
An excellent alternative to crowns, porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are bonded onto the enamel of crooked, damaged, or discolored teeth, forming a durable artificial surface that looks surprisingly authentic. This is due to the fact that the veneer’s glass-like surface reflects light in much the same way as natural teeth do. So the veneered teeth are virtually indistinguishable from the others.
In spite of their delicate-sounding name, porcelain veneers are extremely durable when bonded to the surface of natural teeth. You can treat them like regular teeth. Plus their smooth surface makes them almost impervious to further staining.
This dental procedure uses a composite resin filling that’s tinted to match your natural tooth color. Bonding is perfect for those who have small gaps between their teeth, as well as anyone who would like to cover up chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. It’s a quick, one-visit process in which the dentist applies a thin coat of the material onto the flawed tooth and then molds the composite, much like a sculptor molds clay, into a suitable form that blends in with the natural teeth.
To cure and harden the material, we’ll direct a high-intensity light onto the tooth’s surface. Then, we’ll smooth and polish the tooth to give it an even, natural contour.
If you currently have silver fillings, we would like you to consider replacing these potentially damaging relics from dentistry’s less sophisticated times with composite fillings that match the color of your own teeth.
If you have a new cavity, we also recommend the composite material over silver fillings. Why? For starters, the composite resin is more durable. It bonds adhesively to the tooth and forms a tight seal that prevents bacteria from wreaking havoc on the covered teeth. And, while silver fillings are known to eventually turn the tooth gray and expand over time (even to the point of cracking the tooth), tooth-colored fillings remain stable and real-looking even as the years go by.
Complete Smile Makeover
A beautiful, healthy set of teeth can change not only the way you look but also the way you feel about yourself. Modern dentistry has responded to the high demand for nice, natural-looking smiles with a host of procedures that can dramatically change the way your teeth look and function. We can repair broken, chipped, stained, decayed, or misaligned teeth. We can fill in where teeth are missing. We can even reconfigure your bite to remedy a sunken jaw or chin.
A complete smile makeover is an elaborate full-mouth reconstruction that combines options ranging from tooth whitening to porcelain veneers to dental implants. The results are as amazing as they are life-changing.