Tooth Whitening: Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Because having whiter teeth has become the number one aesthetic concern of most of our patients, we offer a number of ways to whiten your teeth. The most popular is laser assisted bleaching that will whiten your teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural enamel, it is important to evaluate any old fillings or crowns. Replacement of any restorations will be done after the bleaching is finished so they will match the newly bleached teeth. Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. Reasons for tooth whitening: -Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development). -Normal wear of outer tooth layer. -Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.). -Yellow, brown stained teeth. What does tooth whitening involve? Laser bleaching your teeth usually involves two visits. The first is a 90-120 minute appointment that involves us isolating your gums and lips away from your teeth so the bleaching solution we use only touches your teeth. We then apply the bleach and turn on the laser. There are four or five 15 minute sessions of bleaching during the appointment. We also make impressions for bleaching trays for you to use after we are done bleaching in the office. This requires a second visit for delivery of the bleaching trays. The second method of tooth whitening also requires two visits. At first appointment impressions or molds we made of your teeth to fabricate custom clear plastic trays. You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
Composite (White) Fillings: A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile. Reasons for composite fillings: -Chipped teeth. -Closing space between two teeth. -Cracked or broken teeth. -Decayed teeth. -Worn teeth.
Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile. Reasons for Porcelain Veneers: -Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile. -Crooked teeth. -Misshapen teeth. -Severely discolored or stained teeth. -Teeth that are too small or large. -Unwanted or uneven spaces. -Worn or chipped teeth
Porcelain Crowns (Caps): A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile. Reasons for Crowns: -Broken or fractured teeth. -Cosmetic enhancement. -Decayed teeth. -Fractured fillings. -Large fillings. -Tooth has a root canal.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges: A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The traditional bridge is the most popular type for the back of mouth and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Newer porcelain fixed bridges are most popular for the front of the mouth because they resemble your natural teeth. These types of bridges consist of two crowns that go over to anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to a pontic (artificial tooth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. Reasons for a Fixed Bridge: Fill space of missing teeth. Maintain facial shape. Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. Restore chewing and speaking ability. Restore your smile. Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
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