Cosmetic procedures correct imperfections to enhance the appearance of your smile, including tooth color, alignment, spacing, as well as regularity of the teeth
Making teeth brighter and more attractive by bleaching (aka “whitening”) has become very popular. Whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure for most patients.
We offer two methods of whitening: in-office whitening and tray whitening.
1. In-office Whitening
This method offers immediate results. The entire process takes about an hour in our office, making it a convenient choice for busy individuals. First, a protective gel applied to your gums to protect the soft tissue. Then a special light-activated gel is applied to the teeth. A special light or laser is used to enhance the action of the agent, thereby making your teeth whiter and brighter. Finally, we take impressions of your teeth to create custom trays for at-home touch-ups. The result is dramatically whiter teeth that will last for years.
2. Tray Whitening
This is a less expensive whitening treatment you can apply at home. We start by taking an impression of your mouth to create customized clear whitening trays for you to wear. (Your trays will be ready within a few days.) We show you how to apply the special bleaching material using the trays. The trays containing the whitening gel should be worn up to twice a day for 30-60 minutes. Upon completion, you will see whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Occasional treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your bright new smile.
This procedure is recommended for teeth with large fillings or little remaining tooth structure.
It involves placing a covering over the outside of the tooth and is usually applied only to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling.
Veneers vs. crowns
Veneers are generally less uncomfortable and require much less tooth material to be removed than with crowns.
The procedure can be direct or indirect.
Composite resin is placed on the outside of the tooth using bonding.
This method requires two appointments because the veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory. During the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. After the veneers are back from the laboratory (two to three weeks), the temporaries are removed and the veneers get bonded to the teeth. Laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made with porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very attractive.