Teeth Whitening & Veeners
A common cosmetic dental procedure, teeth whitening gives you a brighter smile. You can have your teeth whitened in-house at your dental office or use the take-home kit. Both options are effective and depend on your preference or schedule. Please continue reading for more information about teeth whitening.
Teeth Whitening: Whitening restores a tooth’s surface color by removal of debris and dirt on the tooth’s surface. Toothpaste is therefore considered a teeth whitener.
Teeth Bleaching: The term “bleaching” is commonly used in dental circles to refer to teeth whitening beyond their natural color. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are commonly used for bleaching.
The tooth’s surface consists of enamel, a porcelain-like surface. Through the years, enamel wears out and the tooth’s surface becomes more transparent, therefore showing the yellow-colored dentin. Bacteria and foods can also stain the tooth’s surface and reduce the brilliance of enamel. Teeth whitening can remedy this. However, the use of tobacco, tea, coffee and red wine can decrease whitening.
Teeth Whitening Options
There currently are three major teeth whitening options. They all rely on varying peroxide concentrations and application times.
- In-Office Whitening
- Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
- Over the Counter Whitening
Dental veneers are an excellent solution for chipped, crooked or stained teeth. They are also a preferred solution for teeth with small holes, pits and uneven or unwanted gaps. Porcelain veneers are narrow pieces of uniquely shaped porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Composite resin veneers are directly applied to the teeth and fashioned to the preferred shape. The result is a glass-like porcelain tooth surface and a natural looking smile. Veneers require the reduction of the tooth’s thickness and are performed without anesthesia.
The demand for porcelain veneers has greatly increased over the years. Like teeth whitening, veneers are very popular among patients aged between 20 to 50 years.
Dr. Thomas will use a mold of your teeth as the model to custom-create your veneers. The veneers are then bonded to the front of your teeth. At first, you wear temporary veneers until the permanent veneers are ready. While wearing the temporary veneers, you may advise your dentist of any needed adjustments or changes.
To prepare for the application of the veneers, the natural teeth are reduced and lightly buffed to accommodate the slight additional thickness of the veneer. When ready, the permanent veneers placed onto the teeth without bonding to make sure they are a perfect fit and the right color. Once the veneers are permanently glued, the color cannot be changed. The teeth undergo cleansing and ultraviolet light is used to harden the bonding agent (glue or cement) between the teeth.
- Porcelain Veneers
- Composite Resin Veneers
- Lumineer Porcelain Veneers