We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are correcting misalignments, whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods: one hour in-office whitening, passive tray whitening, and professional strength white strips.
Our in-office whiting is safe, effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays, makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The doctor then applies the whitening gel.Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day.This procedure is repeated for 7 to 10 days. The strength of the Carbamide Peroxide gel used in our office is 30%. Higher concentrations of the bleaching agent may cause sensitivity.Toothpaste for sensitive teeth may be recommended.For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
The end result whether using trays at home or in-office whitening is similar. The cost of the tray method is about half compared to in-office bleaching and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding. Bonding is done in the office and is usually just one appointment. Composite resin material does stain over time.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In approximately two weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory.At your second appointment, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic. They are very esthetic and do not stain.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.