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When it comes to professional teeth whitening, there are two different types. Both of these options penetrate the dentin and enamel layers of your teeth to provide deeper whitening solutions.
In-office whitening is a procedure that happens at your dentist’s office and is completed with a professional-grade bleaching agent that is applied to your teeth. Your dentist might also use a special UV light to speed up the whitening process.
At-home whitening is a process you complete at your house with a whitening kit that your dentist gives you. This kit has custom mouth trays the dentist creates specifically for your teeth. You’ll need to fill this tray with the whitening gel and put it on your teeth. This is a process that takes about two weeks to complete.
The best candidates for teeth whitening are people who have healthy teeth and gums. You’ll need to seek treatment if you do have problems with decay or sensitive teeth before pursuing teeth whitening options. This also applies to you if you have gum disease or recently had dental work done on your front teeth.
Cosmetic bonding is a process that changes the shape or color of your tooth using the same composite resin that’s used for fillings. This material starts off in a liquid form that initially is soft before hardening on your tooth.
Bonding can help close gaps between teeth, repair chipped teeth, or reshape teeth that are too small or irregularly shaped. The procedure can also cover deep-set stains, cracks, or pits on tooth surfaces.
Bonding is a simple process that improves the shape of your tooth in just a single dental appointment. Your dentist uses a composite resin material that’s matched to the same color as your teeth’s natural look. Once the material is ready, your dentist places the putty-like substance on your tooth and molds it into place. The last steps include using a special light to harden the material for shaping and buffing. The final result is a pleasing looking tooth that matches the color and looks of your natural teeth.
Veneers are a shell that is both durable and thin. Made of porcelain, your dentist uses it to bond to the front of your tooth to correct the same issues that bonding fixes. This includes teeth that are broken, misshapen, discoloured, or spaced too widely apart. Veneers can also be used for slightly crooked teeth or on ones that overlap with each other. This helps to help teeth look straighter in less time than with braces.
Your dentist begins placing the veneer by buffing away a tiny amount of the enamel on the teeth that need treatment. The reason that your dentist does this is to create space for the porcelain laminates. Once this is done, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth so it can be sent to a dental lab. Once at the lab, a technician creates your restorations according to the shape, color, and size that you choose. Sometimes patients are provided with temporary veneers while they’re waiting for the permanent ones to be finished. Your dentist uses a strong bonding material to attach them to your teeth once the veneers are back from the lab.
One of the reasons that some people choose veneers over bonding is because they’re more durable due to the hard porcelain material that they’re made from. On average, veneers last approximately five to 10 years longer than bonding does. The other reason that most people prefer veneers is that they reflect light better and look more natural.
Some people choose to use lumineers over veneers because the procedure is faster and they don’t need to have their tooth reduced for it to work. Veneers are typically thicker than lumineers, requiring dentists to remove more of their patient’s tooth to get the most from veneer treatment.
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System is a technique that people use to give themselves brighter smiles in less time than other treatment options. We provide this service in our office and can complete this process within a single appointment.
This system uses a formulated pH balanced Hydrogen Peroxide gel to penetrate teeth and improve their color. ZOOM! advertises that someone who uses their process will see their teeth become over 6 shades whiter. Some people have shown that their teeth get whiter only days after using the treatment.
With Invisalign, straightening teeth is easier and more comfortable than ever. Because of their clear design, there’s been an increase in the number of people who are seeking treatment for their crooked or crowded teeth.
After we have a chance to sit down with you, our team decides if this solution will work for your needs. Once we’ve decided if Invisalign is a good fit, we’ll create a treatment plan and make an impression on your teeth. We’ll then submit this impression to Invisalign so they can create the medical-grade plastic aligners for your teeth.
With this process, Invisalign creates aligners that are fit to work perfectly for your teeth.