Tooth whitening has become very popular over the past few years. There are different whitening processes available on the market with claims of making teeth from 6 to 9 shades whiter. Whitening is simply any process that makes the teeth appear whiter. If you are considering getting your teeth whitened it is recommended that you consult with your dentist. For some patients the tooth whitening process can be very effective while others may not get the desired results. Not all tooth discolorations are correctable. For instance, if you have had bonding, veneers or tooth-colour fillings in your front teeth there are potential problems. Your dentist can advise you about which procedures will give you the best results. Bleaching is a common tooth-whitening procedure.
A primary candidate for bleaching is someone who has moderately stained or discoloured teeth. The stains or discoloration generally cannot be removed through a standard professional cleaning. The dentist will make a mold of your teeth and make a custom-fitted mouth tray that will hold the bleaching agent against your teeth and isolate it from mouth, lips and gum tissue. The mouth tray is designed so you can use it at home. Most people wear it for 30 to 120 minutes a day and sometimes longer. A noticeable improvement is usually seen between ten and fourteen days. The duration of use is determined by how light you want your teeth; the longer you wear the mouth tray the whiter your teeth will become. Be aware that sometimes you cannot get the colour you wanted and you may have to make a compromise for a little less than you hoped for.
Veneering is a method of improving the appearance of your teeth. People who get veneers generally want to close gaps between teeth, repair fractures, cover a discoloured tooth or even straighten a tooth. Veneers are usually preferred over bonding because they are more durable, stronger and stain resistant. The procedure generally requires two office visits. During the first visit the dentist initiates the preparation stage. This consists of removing a small amount of enamel and etching the tooth surface prior to making an impression. The impression is then sent to a lab for a veneer to be made and fit to the tooth. On the second office visit, the dentist adheres the veneer to the tooth and files and polishes the veneer. Please call us to discuss your veneer options.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth - covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. A dental crown may be needed in the following situations: To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left To hold a dental bridge in place To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth To cover a dental implant Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
Cosmetic Dentistry means enhancing a person’s smile and making their teeth aesthetically beautiful. It is considered an art and science which encompasses such cosmetic procedures as teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and dental Implants Read More…
Fillings are dental restorations that are used to fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. We predominantly use composite (white filling) material. We also use porcelain overlays to strengthen your teeth. Drill free & ozone filling treatments are available. Read More…
A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.Read More…
What does a Hygienist Do?
The Hygienist plays an important role in your dental health by not only treating periodontal (gum) disease but also providing the individual with the knowledge and skills to be able to maintain a healthy oral environment for life. Read More…
Sleep Dentistry is designed for patients who dread going to the dentist. Many people feel afraid or uncomfortable when they are placed in vulnerable positions—like the dental chair—and may experience dental anxiety as a result. Sleep Dentistry is an option for patients who fear dental procedures, fear needles, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, or have difficulty becoming numb from oral injections. Even though you are not technically asleep, many people recall the experience as seeming to be asleep.
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