For whitening of dark, dull, or stained teeth, bleaching may be the simplest solution. Bleaching is performed by taking an impression of your teeth and making a duplicate model of them. On this model, a soft, thin, clear tray is fabricated. This tray is filled with a bleaching gel and placed directly over the teeth in the mouth. This bleach filled tray can be worn for several hours during the day or worn at night while you sleep. In office bleaching is also available. The tray is worn for 30 minutes while the patient waits in the office. Results are seen immediately. Bleaching is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile and your appearance.
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked or stained teeth. Bonding may also be able to close spaces between teeth. Prior to bonding, the tooth is cleaned with an etchant that allows the material to adher. Various shades are available to complete a natural look. The material is applied, contoured into the proper shape and hardend using a special light or chemical process. Bonding may not require anesthetic and can usually be completed in a single visit.
Veneers are thin custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front side of a tooth. Veneers can enhance the appearence of chipped, poorly shaped or slightly crooked teeth. Veneers are made from composite resins, acrylic or procelain materials. A small portion of tooth is usually removed to accomodate the thickness of the veneer. Anesthetic may be needed. Usually two visits are required to complete the process.
It is possible to shape or contour natural teeth to improve overall appearance by enamel shaping. Teeth that are slightly crowded, uneven, or appear too long to the eye are candicates for enemal shaping. Anesthetic is not necessary and results are seen instantly. Enamel shaping should be approached carefully, however, because enamel cannot be replaced.