Teeth Whitening: Over time, many things can cause your teeth to lose their whiteness – smoking, consumption of coffee, and other dark beverages – just normal wear and tear can cause teeth to appear yellowed or stained. Teeth whitening is an inexpensive and safe option to bring back their brightness. Whitening has become a very popular cosmetic procedure for enhancing smiles, with the benefit of being a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental treatment.
Home whitening kits are typically the preferred way of whitening. With this option, the patient is responsible for using the solution consistently until they see the desired whiteness. Teeth impressions are made so that the whitening trays used in-home are custom fit for the patient. The whitening solution will be put into these trays and worn for specific periods of time. Wearing the trays periodically will help in maintaining the desired whitening achieved.
Crowns: There are times when your dentist will recommend crowns. A crown or cap is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that entails using a metal and/or porcelain covering that is placed over the tooth surface, restoring strength and appearance. Crowns are needed when a filling is not enough to give proper tooth structure, to fix fractures, or lend support for bridges. Crowns improve the appearance and structure of the tooth.
Crowns typically consist of two appointments. Impressions are made and sent to a local laboratory in order to create the custom crowns. For placement, the tooth will be numbed in order to remove any existing decay and to shape the tooth for the new crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the new one is being made. It is important that care be taken with the temporary crown to avoid loosening. When the new crown arrives, the patient will return to the office for placement and fitting.
Veneers: Porcelain veneers may be recommended by your dentist and are an excellent option for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers consist of very thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth, improving shape, size, and color. In the first step of the process, the existing teeth are buffed and shaped, and an impression is taken. The specific color to be used is also chosen. With the second step, bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneer to the teeth, and a light beam will set the adhesive.
White Fillings: Previously, silver or gold fillings were used. Now, composite resins can be used. The fillings are used to fix teeth that have been damaged by decay and/or fractures. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and replaced with a composite filling. They are attractive since they match existing teeth and, with proper care, last for many years.
Fillings can be done during one appointment. Anesthesia is necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. The filling is shaped and smoothed for a natural look and feel.
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