A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of your face.
With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped or misshapen teeth. You now have choices that can have you smiling with confidence. Ask about the options for improving your smile in our office.
Veneers are thin custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. Made of tooth colored porcelains, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth, permanently stained teeth, poorly shaped teeth, chipped or worn teeth, and slightly crooked teeth. Placing veneers is an irreversible procedure because a small amount of enamel is removed to make room for the thickness of the veneer. If the teeth are crooked, sometimes more tooth structure has to be removed to allow for making the tooth a more pleasing shape. The procedure usually takes just two appointments.
Like any restoration, it is possible, for a veneer to come off or for decay to develop. In that case, a new veneer would be required.
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of teeth similar to veneers. We can cover stains, fix chips, do tooth colored fillings, and make a veneer from the bonding material. We specially treat the teeth so the bonding adheres to the teeth. Bonding is also used to protect exposed tooth roots that result from gum recession. Bonding usually lasts from three to five years. Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic procedures and can usually be completed in one appointment. However, bonding does chip and stain, whereas porcelain is stronger and stain resistant. If the bonding does break or chip, let us know. It can usually be repaired in one appointment
Bleaching (tooth whitening) is a procedure that brightens teeth that are discolored, stained, or darkened because of injury. It can be performed on living teeth or teeth that have had root canal treatment. We make a custom tray that holds the bleaching solution against the teeth. This will be worn daily for a least two weeks (maybe more depending on your case). It is not uncommon for teeth to become sensitive after bleaching, this is only temporary and the solutions we use will cause the least sensitivity. It is not uncommon for the effects of bleaching to last a year or more, however, periodic retreatment may be needed. This usually involves getting new solution to use in your trays and a much shorter application time than was needed initially.
Even subtle changes in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself.