Which system is best for you?
You may want to start by speaking with your dentist. He or she can tell you whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Additionally, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not effect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
The many options available to you for whitening your teeth can be explained quickly and simply in one phone call. Once you have the answers, an in-office consultation can be scheduled and you’re on your way to the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Make bad teeth a thing of the past. Discover how to have a healthy smile…learn how to control, even eliminate, tooth decay. Say good-bye to dull, chipped, broken or crooked teeth. Say hello to veneers!
A porcelain veneer is a paper-thin, custom-made covering that conceals the front and side surfaces of your tooth, much like a mask or an artificial fingernail. But unlike a fingernail, veneers are made of a very durable ceramic material that actually strengthens your tooth. During a two-step procedure, separated by two to three weeks, your dentist first prepares one or more teeth then fits the veneer.
Your First Visit
This visit lasts one to two hours, depending on the number of teeth prepared. First, your dentist may choose the color that will best blend with your natural teeth. Then, tooth enamel is removed so the veneer will blend with surrounding teeth and won’t overbuild your teeth. At least half the enamel is left intact to provide a surface to which the veneer is attached. After preparation, your dentist may coat your teeth with a paste-like material that hardens into an impression, from which your dentist will make a mold of your teeth.
With meticulous skill, a laboratory technician makes a ceramic mold of your restoration, casting the porcelain veneer that your dentist will fit on your teeth during your second visit.
Continue to care for your teeth as usual, brushing and flossing daily between visits. Ask your dentist if you should avoid any foods since your prepared tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.
Your Second Visit
In an hour or two, your dentist fits the dental veneers onto the prepared teeth. First, the veneer is bonded to the front and side surfaces of your tooth. Once the veneer is attached, it is hardened in place for a minute or more with a harmless, high-intensity light. Veneers may require slight color adjustments before they’re fitted in place.