Cosmetics

How can I improve my smile?

Today’s dentistry provides a number of ways to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens dental stains and discolorations.

Tooth whitening is a safe and cost effective way to create a beautiful smile. Safe, effective bleaching gel is applied to the teeth. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the gel, breaks down and lets oxygen enter the enamel and dentin to erase stains.

Only tooth color is made lighter – the actual structure remains unchanged.

Professional bleaching is far superior to over-the-counter teeth whitening products. It must be overseen by your dentist and requires a comprehensive exam and proper dental hygiene cleaning before the process can begin.

The effects of whitening can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

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Is teeth whitening right for me?

Almost anyone can achieve a brighter, more beautiful smile with professional teeth whitening.

However, there are some cases where bleaching may not be effective.

Dr. Michelle will examine your teeth and assess the nature of your stains to determine your candidacy.

If teeth whitening isn’t right for you, we have other methods to deliver the smile you want, including porcelain veneers, Lumineers, and CEREC one-visit restorations.

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How long do the results last?

Zoom! Whitening and take-home teeth whitening deliver fantastic, long-lasting results. Periodic at-home touchups will keep your smile brilliant indefinitely.

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Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?

Some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity that disappears 1 to 3 days following treatment. Special ingredients in today’s modern teeth whitening products often eliminate or lessen sensitivity.

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How long does it take?

Zoom! Whitening dramatically brightens smiles in about an hour. Take-home teeth whitening often yields whiter teeth after a single application, with maximum results appearing after 10 to 14 days of continued use.

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Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes! Zoom! Whitening and take-home bleaching performed under the supervision of a dentist are completely safe, according to research and clinical studies. In fact, many dentists consider teeth whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.

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What causes dental staining and discoloration?

The most common causes include aging, foods and beverages (coffee, tea, colas, berries), tobacco, trauma, nerve degeneration, and old metal restorations. Consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride during tooth formation may also contribute to dental discoloration.

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Do I need my silver fillings replaced?

Depending on their condition, some will be suggested for replacement. The fillings will start to leak, and they do wear with time. Replacing them before they break, or get decay again is a wise idea. The newer bonded fillings look better, function well, and in some cases will be stronger than the previous filling.

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What cosmetic procedures can be done?

We offer home bleaching and in-office laser bleaching. Both are simple and painless and achieve great results. Veneers can be done to close spaces, change color, straighten teeth, and take usually two appointments. Tooth colored bonding can also be done in certain situations, as well as white fillings. Also, we can do porcelain crowns when full-coverage is indicated.

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