Cosmetic Dentistry

1) Porcelain Dental Veneers

If you are looking to change the shape, color and/or alignment of your teeth, dental veneers might for you. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover your teeth. Usually, your teeth will be reduced slightly to create the best shape and style for your new smile.

As opposed to waiting months or years for re-alignment with Invisalign or traditional orthodontics, or repeatedly whitening your teeth to maintain the color you want (especially you coffee drinkers), veneers are a great option for patients who are looking to transform their smile permanently and quickly. If you just don’t’ have enough time for braces or the patience for whitening then veneers may be what you are looking for.

2) Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile. Dental bonding can be used to: To repair decayed teeth To repair chipped or broken teeth To improve the appearance of teeth due to discoloration or cavities To close gaps between teeth To change the shape of teeth

3) Teeth Whitening

So you don’t like the color of your teeth? Teeth whitening or bleaching may be the way to go! Teeth whitening is a fast, effective and low cost cosmetic procedure that will brighten your smile Best of all, it doesn’t damage your teeth in any way!

Teeth whitening (bleaching) does have it’s limitations of course. Because there is no permanent change made to your tooth structure, the results can reverse over time. Whitening usually lasts anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. This wide range of effectiveness varies because everyone has different habits. For example, drinking too much coffee or tea will cause your teeth to darken faster than if you drank water or light-colored liquids. A good rule of thumb when whitening? Anything that will stain your clothes will stain your teeth. Avoid those dark foods and drinks, especially immediately following your procedure. Another limitation is that whitening only changes your teeth. It cannot change the color of porcelain or fillings. For those of you with fillings or bonding on your front teeth, whitening may make these more noticeable, as they will remain the same color while your natural tooth structure will get lighter.

Tooth whitening can cause some irritation to your gums and teeth, but don’t worry, it’s temporary! Irritation to your gums will make them appear white, but this only lasts a few minutes after the teeth whitening gel is removed. Tooth irritation manifests as spontaneous sensititivity, especially to cold. If you take no action, this will usually last around 2 days. The sensitivity period for your teeth can be greatly reduced with a sensitivity toothpaste such as Sensodyne or Crest Sensi-Relief.


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