Your smile is of utmost importance to us. We offer cosmetic dentistry using state of the art techniques and materials to help you achieve the highest confidence.
There are many products available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment with your dentist to talk about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. During your dental appointment, your dentist will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in a custom-made tray that fits perfectly over your teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide minimal sensitivity. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes two weeks to reach your desired shade.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin plastic strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening gel is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike whitening trays and strips, these products do not lighten the actual color of the tooth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Dental bonding is a very conservative way to enhance your smile. Tooth colored material is placed onto the tooth’s surface, sculpted, hardened and then polished. This allows us to match the appearance and look of your natural teeth. Due to the natural wear and discoloration of bonding material over time, replacement may need to happen more frequently than crowns or veneers. Dental bonding is used to:
Veneers are a thin, custom made layer of dental material. It is tooth colored, covers the front surface of an existing tooth, improves its appearance and protects the tooth’s surface from damage. Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite and are bonded to the front surface of the tooth changing its color, shape, size or length to be more aesthetically pleasing.
A nightguard is an appliance that is made by your dentist to help prevent issues from bruxism (grinding). It protects the teeth by offering a protective layer of hard material between the upper and lower arches of your mouth. They do not prevent you from grinding, but they serve as a cushion so your nightguard wears down instead of your teeth. There are options available over the counter but typically these choices do not fit as well and can increase the grinding problem. A nightguard made from your dentist is custom fit and a hard material to appropriately protect the teeth. Reasons a nightguard may be beneficial:
Clenching and grinding of your teeth
Protection of restorative dental work
Alleviation of temporal mandibular dysfunction (TMD) including but not limited to headaches, limited jaw opening and pain with chewing function