This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
Opalescence is a whitening product that has been very effective and fast. In just over an hour, your teeth can be dramatically whiter depending on the previous shade of your teeth. The convenience of Opalescence in comparison to days of using strips, makes this the perfect choice. Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the Opalescence whitening gel. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. You'll be amazed with the results and in most cases, teeth can even get whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with Opalescence gel are recommended afterwards for maximum whitening and maintenance.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which are fabricated right here in our office. The Opalescence gel is placed in these trays and the trays and worn for about 1 hour. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
The end results whether doing in office whitening or take home trays is the same. The cost of the tray method is about half compared to Zoom!, and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
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 two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
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