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COSMETIC DENTISTRY/AESTHETIC DENTISTRY
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Laminates & Veneers
Teeth Whitening
Composite Restorations
 
LAMINATES & VENEERS

Porcelain veneers, alternatively termed dental veneers or porcelain laminates, are water-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front side of teeth creating a more attractive tooth shape and color.  Porcelain veneers are routinely used as a way to make cosmetic changes for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.  The translucent effect of porcelain creates a lustrous appearance for the tooth that very closely resembles the natural appearance of enamel.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite your nails; chew on pencils, ice, or other hard objects; or otherwise put excessive pressure on your teeth.
  • Avoid biting into hard foods, such as bones, hard candy, apples, carrots and nuts. Cut your food onto small pieces and use your back teeth to chew.Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing as you would normally would.
 
TEETH WHITENING/ BLEACHING

Teeth whitening lighten teeth and help to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening. Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color. The effects of whitening are thought to last from 1-3 years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth.

There are two main methods of gel bleaching—one performed in office with high-concentration gel, and another with low-concentration agents at home. A typical course of bleaching can produce dramatic improvements in the cosmetic appearance of most stained teeth; however, some stains do not respond to bleaching. Tetracycline staining may require prolonged bleaching, as it takes longer for the bleach to reach the dentin layer or may not respond at all.

Things to keep in mind: Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. Bleaching is not recommended if teeth have decay or infected gums. It is also least effective when the original tooth color is of a grayish color. Bleaching is most effective with yellow discolored teeth. However, whitener does not work where bonding has been used and neither is it effective on tooth-color fillings or crowns. Other options to deal with such cases are the porcelain veneers or dental bonding In case home bleaching, avoid consuming citrus fruits and juices, soft drinks and anta-acids as these products contain substances which when combined with bleaching agents, can slow down the tooth whitening process and cause mild irritation to the tissue in the mouth

 
Composite Restorations

In the past, teeth were most commonly repaired with amalgam (silver) fillings.  Our practice does not use silver fillings for the restoration of teeth.  With advances in dental materials and techniques, teeth can be restored with a more cosmetic and natural appearance.  A tooth colored filling is technically called a Composite Restoration.  It is made up of a composite quartz resin filled with small filler particles and is cured in your teeth with an ultraviolet light.  These light cured composites are extremely cosmetic and are bonded into place in one appointment.  They can be used in both the front teeth, as well as in your back teeth.  The shades of the restorations match the color of your teeth.