ental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length and resulting in an improved appearance.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
n recent years, bonding has proven to be a highly effective treatment for closing spaces between the teeth. Composite resin, a plastic material, is applied to the teeth to make them wider in areas were gaps exist. Bonding can also be used to close a space temporarily, until crowns are made, for example. On the other hand, if you are having your spaces closed through orthodontics, even if some of your teeth are too dark, bonding can be used to lighten them while the spaces are being closed.
If you are closing gaps with bonding, also consider taking care of any other visible defects such as rotated or broken teeth at the same time. As in most esthetic problems, computer imaging can help show you how many teeth will need treatment. Also remember that gum disease or bone loss must be treated before bonding takes place. The only exception to this rule is when you dentist believes that the loose teeth need to be splinted together.
eeth whitening, or bleaching, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to remove stains and discoloration as well as lighten pigmentation within the teeth. The level of whiteness that can be achieved will depend on the level of discoloration of the teeth and how they came to be stained. Teeth that are brown or yellow due to coffee, tea or smoking stains will generally lighten four to five shades. Teeth that are gray due to pigmentation within the teeth will lighten two to three shades.
In our office, we offer two different types of professional bleaching systems.
The first system we have is take-home bleach trays with professional strength whitening gel. It is important to have custom mouthpieces made to whiten your teeth properly. It’s also important that you apply the teeth-whitening gel properly so you do not waste any of the gel and that you experience the least amount of sensitivity while using the gel. Each syringe should last 5 to 6 applications (3 syringes will last 15+ nights). When you apply the gel, make sure not to overfill the trays. The teeth-whitening procedure will whiten all type of stains. External stains like coffee, tea, tobacco, etc. take the least amount of time to whiten. While internal stains like tetracycline, fluoride, genetics. age, etc. will whiten but take a longer time to see the results. Teeth whitening will not whiten dead teeth and will only remove stains off of the surface of any dental work (crowns, veneers, bridges, cavities, bonding, etc.).
We also carry an in-office bleaching system that can be completed in about a one-hour appointment. Boost, our in-office system, is administered by one of the dental assistants in two to three cycles. You will leave the office at least two shades whiter, however, keep in mind everyone takes differently to the bleach. After the in-office bleaching is completed, we will take impressions for customs trays and send the patient home with professional-strength whitening gel for day-to-day touch ups.