Staining, aging, or chemical damage can cause tooth enamel to become discolored. Some of the more common causes of teeth staining are coffee, tea, cigarettes, and soft drinks. There are other factors that can also affect the color of an individual’s teeth. One is genetics — some people have naturally brighter enamel than others. Another factor is disease. If you suspect that there is an underlying medical cause for your teeth discoloration, be sure to inform your cosmetic dentist.
Professional whitening, done under the supervision of a cosmetic dentist, produces results which are tailored towards the individual patient. Our teeth whitening can be done both right at your home. The teeth are whitened according to specific desires, and use a highly concentrated whitening process which creates dramatic results. Our in-home whitening products are not available over-the-counter, and are supervised for optimal results. Over-the-counter products will not produce the level of whitening or length of results that our treatment provides.
The goal is to achieve a brighter smile without forsaking a natural look. Typically, your front teeth are the whitest, your eye teeth are the darkest, and molars are a shade between the two. How white your teeth will become varies depending upon their current condition, structure and the type of procedure implemented. Over-the-counter products can increase tooth sensitivity. The preferred method of whitening involves a trained cosmetic dentist, who not only supervises the tooth health during the process, but can also adjust the whitening steps to achieve the most natural look possible.
Generally, your teeth will be whitest immediately after bleaching, and will slowly fade over the course of about a year. After that, a visit to your dentist for maintenance is recommended about once every six months.
Veneers are thin shells of ceramic material which are permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth. They are custom-made for your mouth, and are custom colored to match the surrounding teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be applied to multiple teeth on both the top and bottom rows, and are used to change a tooth’s color, size, and/or shape.
Applying porcelain veneers usually requires two dental appointments over the course of about a month. In the first appointment, the teeth are lightly buffed down. This prepares them for the slight additional thickness of the veneer. Approximately half a millimeter of tooth is removed. Often, a local anesthetic is used during this buffing procedure. A mold is then taken of the teeth. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory, and used to create the veneers.
Temporary veneers will be placed on the teeth while the porcelain veneers are prepared in the laboratory. Typically, it takes about 2-4 weeks for the dental laboratory to create the veneers.
In the second appointment, the laboratory-created veneers are bonded to the teeth. First, the dentist uses either water or glycerin to place the veneers onto the teeth. This non-permanent attachment is to check the veneers fit, shade and color. The color of the veneers can be adjusted based upon the shade of dental cement used. However, the color cannot be altered after the veneers are cemented.
Once the correct color is determined, the veneer is ready to be attached permanently with dental cement. The cement is sandwiched between the veneer and the tooth, and then a special light beam is applied. This light initiates the release of a catalyst, which hardens the cement and permanently affixes the veneers.
Porcelain veneers can create dramatic dental changes relatively quickly. Veneers can even be used as a substitute for extensive orthodontic work. Multiple gaps, stains, chips and a host of other problems — on numerous teeth — can be taken care of in just a few appointments.
Porcelain is also highly resistant to staining. With proper brushing habits, porcelain veneers will retain their whiteness and, compared to other forms of cosmetic dentistry, will be relatively unaffected by coffee, wine, and even cigarettes. Porcelain veneers are among the most natural-looking, aesthetically-pleasing restorations available.