HOW DOES PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING WORK?
There are two types of professional teeth whitening, both of which penetrate the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth to remove deep discolorations:
In-Office Whitening: This procedure is performed in your dentist’s office. After covering your lips and gums to expose only your teeth, your dentist will apply a professional-grade bleaching agent to your teeth. He or she may shine a special UV light on them to accelerate the whitening action. Your dentist will repeat the process two more times at 15-minute intervals, and you will leave your appointment with teeth that are many shades whiter.
At-Home Whitening: You can achieve the same whitening results with an at-home kit provided by your dentist, who must first create custom mouth trays for you. These trays are to be filled with professional-grade whitening gel and placed over your top and bottom teeth. After wearing them for a specified time period every day for about two weeks, your teeth will achieve the same whitening results as an in-office treatment.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR TEETH WHITENING?
Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a good candidate. However, if you have tooth decay, sensitive teeth, gum disease or dental work on your front teeth, you’ll need to address these issues with your dentist before undergoing professional teeth whitening.
WHAT IS COSMETIC BONDING?
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure that uses composite resin, the same tooth-colored material used for fillings, to alter the shape or color of a tooth. It is placed on the tooth in its soft, liquid form and then hardened.
WHAT COSMETIC ISSUES CAN BONDING CORRECT?
Bonding can help close gaps between teeth, repair chipped teeth or reshape teeth that are too small or irregularly shaped. The procedure can also cover deep-set stains, cracks or pits on tooth surfaces.
HOW IS THE BONDING PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
Bonding is a simple procedure that can be performed without anesthesia in just one visit to your dentist. First, the composite resin material is colored to match your natural teeth. Next, your dentist will place the material, which resembles putty, onto your tooth and mold it into an aesthetically pleasing shape. After the resin is hardened under a special light, your dentist will shape and buff the hard material with a polishing tool until your repaired tooth has the same enamel-like sheen as your other teeth.
WHAT ARE VENEERS?
A veneer is a thin, durable shell made of porcelain that your dentist bonds to the front of a tooth. Veneers can be used to correct the same types of issues as bonding, including broken, discolored, misshapen or widely spaced teeth. They can also be placed over slightly crooked or overlapping teeth to create the appearance of straight teeth, something that normally takes a year or more using braces.
HOW ARE VENEERS PLACED?
Veneer placement begins with your dentist gently buffing away a small portion of the enamel on the teeth being treated. This is done to create room for the porcelain laminates. Next, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth, which he or she will send to a dental lab so that a skilled technician can create your restorations according to the size, color and shape specifications that you have chosen. You may be given temporary veneers to wear while your permanent ones are being constructed. When the veneers have returned from the dental lab, your dentist will affix them to your teeth with a strong bonding material.
WHY CHOOSE VENEERS OVER BONDING?
Bonding is less expensive, takes less time to perform and doesn’t require tooth reduction, so why would anyone choose veneers instead? Their durability is one reason. Because they are made of hard porcelain, veneers last five to 10 years longer than bonding. They also reflect light better than bonding and look more like natural teeth.
WHY CHOOSE LUMINEERS OVER VENEERS?
Lumineers take less time to perform and doesn’t require tooth reduction. Traditional veneers are generally thicker, and thus require more aggressive and irreversible removal of healthy tooth structure. The extensive preparation technique frequently requires shots and anesthesia to minimize sensitivity and pain, and typically involves placement of acrylic temporaries for over two weeks between visits.
I’VE HEARD ABOUT ZOOM! TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM – WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
You may have seen the ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System on ABC’s hit television series Extreme Makeover. ZOOM! has become a highly recognized brand for delivering brighter smiles instantly. The ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System is a treatment performed in our office within one appointment.
The system is made up of a scientifically formulated pH balanced Hydrogen Peroxide gel that, when activated by the ZOOM! light, gently penetrates the teeth to remove deep stains and discolorations. With this treatment, teeth will become 6 – 10 shades whiter and in most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days following the procedure.
If you’re a busy individual looking for immediate results, the ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System is a safe, effective option for you. We invite you to call our office if you have any questions. You can also visit the ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System Web site at www.zoomwhitening.com
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A NEW WAY TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH WITHOUT BRACES?
Until recently, orthodontic treatment was focused mainly on teenagers and the preferred method was metal “train track” braces. Thanks to Invisalign, orthodontic treatment has become easier, more comfortable and accepted by more and more adults seeking a straighter smile.
Here’s how it works! Upon an initial consultation, we decide if Invisalign is right for you. We then formulate a treatment plan, make an impression of your teeth and submit it to Invisalign. Using the latest 3-D computer technology, Invisalign translates our instructions into a series of medical grade plastic aligners. Each one of these plastic aligners is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit snuggly over teeth and gently move them through every stage of your treatment plan.
With no more metal braces and usually a shorter treatment time…, Invisalign truly is something to smile about.