Tooth whitening is a safe and very effective way to brighten your smile. This can be accomplished in office in approximately one hour, or at home with special trays at your convenience. Although you can find over the counter whitening products, only professional whitening can give you significant whitening without damaging your teeth.
The outer layer of your teeth, called enamel, and the underlying dentin can become stained from eating and drinking certain foods and some medications can cause a discoloring of your teeth. Your genes also play a factor on the color of your teeth. Over the counter products only work on the outer layer. Professional whitening brightens the enamel and the dentin giving you superior results while protecting your precious enamel. Many over the counter products have the potential to damage the enamel of your teeth and won’t give you the results of professional whitening treatment.
If you find your teeth lacking luster, professional tooth whitening can substantially whiten your teeth safely.
Bonding involves the placement of tooth-colored filling material onto front teeth to restore chips, spaces, or minor shape abnormalities. It is also very conservative and can be done in one visit. One of the major benefits of composite bonding is the bonding resin may be shaped and matched to your natural teeth.
Bonding is an easy and quick procedure. It can be done on just one tooth, or to several teeth right in the office. Your teeth are prepared, the bonding resin is applied, and set with a special light. The doctor then continues to shape the bonded tooth to match the contours of your natural teeth. Your doctor is also able to match the color of your natural teeth, and the bonding resin reflects light much like your natural teeth. Composite bonding gives you a completely natural looking dental restoration.
Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to treat teeth that are deeply discolored, misshapen, or shortened. They involve minimal preparation of the enamel, and are cemented permanently to give a long-term appearance of “picture perfect” teeth. Veneers are very thin shells which are bonded to the front of your teeth and will last for many years.
The secret to many celebrities winning smiles are veneers. Porcelain veneers reflect light in much the same way as your natural teeth so they look completely natural. Since they are bonded to the front of your teeth, they don’t correct underlying issues, but give you the look of a perfect smile.
Your doctor begins by removing a very thin layer of your teeth’s enamel to make room for the veneers. Next the correct shape and color are chosen and fitted to the tooth, and then the veneers are bonded to your teeth. You leave the office with a picture perfect winning smile.