WHITENING, VANEERS, SMILE MAKEOVER, COMPOSITE (TOOTH COLORED) FILLINGS
Teeth bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age or injury. There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products to reduce or eliminate such stains. In-office bleaching, also called chairside bleaching, takes place over a series of one-hour appointments at your dentist’s office.
First, your teeth will be examined and cleaned to make sure there are no cavities, loose fillings, gum problems or other issues that may be exacerbated by the bleaching process. You and your dentist will make a custom-fit mouthtray for your teeth. Then the bleaching gel, a hydrogen peroxide solution, is applied to your teeth in the tray, sometimes after another gel or rubber shield is fit over the gums to protect them. An ultraviolet light may be shone on the teeth to facilitate the process.
Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth to give you a bright, white, even and attractive smile. Made of porcelain, veneers make it possible to correct a variety of color and shape problems, including repairing broken, chipped or crooked teeth; whitening yellow or stained teeth; and improving the appearance of teeth that are too big or small.
Placing veneers begins with making impressions of the teeth so that a set of veneers can be created specifically for your individual smile. At a second appointment, your natural teeth are buffed to prepare for the veneers, which are placed on the teeth with an etching solution and special light.
Veneers offer several advantages over dental crowns and other restorative techniques, as they are more durable, will not stain over time and tend to cost less. There is also less need to remove the natural tooth material in preparation.
A smile makeover restores and rejuvenates the smile through cosmetic procedures that lets patients feel proud of their teeth and overall appearance, as results help them appear younger and healthier. Many patients are unhappy with the appearance of their smile, and are often embarrassed to show their teeth, or even to speak or eat in front of others. These worries can be eliminated through a smile makeover.
There may be several treatments involved in a smile makeover, depending on each patient’s individual goals, dental history and the current condition of their smile. Treatments may include the use of veneers, bridges, crowns, whitening procedures and more. Smile makeovers often address tooth color, alignment and spacing, missing teeth and overall harmony and balance of the smile. Some patients may also seek corrections to the tooth length, proportion, texture and the overall smile line. Each patient will receive a completely customized treatment plan for their individual needs.
Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since we can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites chemically bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
When a dental emergency happens, it’s important to get the right care, right away. Cramer Dental specializes in treating common emergencies such as chipped or cracked teeth, lost teeth, swelling and bleeding of the mouth, sensitivity to hot or cold or jaw and ear pain.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call us at 610-272-0404.