Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ

What are veneers?

A veneer is a thin covering made or porcelain aimed at changing the shape size and color of teeth. It us usually bonded onto the fronts of the front teeth to change the look of ones smile. The procedure is very conservative and most of the time very little amounts of tooth structure need to be removed.

What are lumineers?

Lumineers are a certain type of veneer marketed as not needing any anesthetic or tooth structure removed. Although sometimes this kind of veneer is possible, most times some amount of tooth resurfacing is required due to the contours necessary to have a natural looking result. Give the office a call and set up a consultation to see which type of veneer is needed to correct your smile.

What is teeth Whitening?

Teeth Whitening or commonly referred to as bleaching is the removal of intrinsic and extrinsic stains that can accumulate on the tooth surfaces making them appear dark. This removal of stain whitens the teeth to appear whiter and brighter. Differing concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and also carbamide peroxide are used in a custom tray to control the time and concentration of gel used. The time frame of treatment can range from 15 minutes to wearing them over night dependent on sensitivity levels and concentration of gel used.

What are the different types of teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening can be divided up into over the counter and professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening can be divided itself into take home products and in office whitening. In office whitening (ZOOM) is a way to whiten teeth while sitting in the dental chair. In order for this to take place a very high concentration of gel is used and applied to the surfaces of your teeth. Due to length of time and concentration, your gums need to be isolated to prevent burning by contact with the gel. Take home methods include a custom made clear tray that the gel can be applied into. This allows the gel to be in close contact with your teeth. The Hydrogen Peroxide concentration gels break up the stain and pull it out of the small microscopic tubes that make up a tooth. Due to this action the tooth dehydrates and “opens up” the tubes, which can bring on sensitivity to temperature. Over the counter methods are effective just not as much so and less predictable. Be cautious of “paint on” gels without some sort of carrier to accompany the system.

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