Monday, September 21, 2015

Teeth Whitening- The Most Affordable and Effective Cosmetic Improvement

If you are looking for an economical and successful way to improve your smile, teeth whitening is the best option for you. Teeth whitening is an incredibly popular cosmetic dental improvement with Americans spending nearly $1.5 billion a year on teeth whitening products and services. So many people whiten their teeth because they know it is a cost-effective way to attain a more professional and attractive appearance without having to make drastic changes to their smile. 80% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 desire whiter teeth because it is the most affordable and effective solution for a better smile.

How is teeth whitening effective?
The majority of teeth whitening products use a form of peroxide to whiten teeth through oxidation. Peroxide can reach the inner part of the enamel within a few minutes for a fast route to whitening. The oxidation process affects the organic compounds within your enamel that produce color. The peroxide solution will provide a route to a colorless enamel that represents itself as whiter teeth. With store bought products, you will get some of the peroxide agents, but they are not as effective as teeth whitening kits from a dentist office. Office teeth whitening products provide more than one peroxide whitening compound or stronger levels of it so your teeth are whitened faster and the results are more dramatic, leading to a more effective teeth whitening process for an affordable price.

Is teeth whitening better after dental cleaning?
Yes. When you use store bought products, the whitening process is often hindered by the plaque on your teeth. When you visit our office for teeth whitening, we will first provide you with a deep teeth cleaning that will naturally whiten your teeth by removing surface stains. After the cleaning, we can perform teeth whitening services that result in even more effective results.

Why are my teeth stained?
Teeth become stained for many reasons, most commonly due to everyday use. Eating and drinking staining foods and drinks can lead to darker or yellowed teeth. Try to avoid coffee, tea, wine, soda, dark fruits and veggies, and bright or dark colored candies unless you plan to rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth right after you consume the items. Smoking and age are also contributors to stained teeth. Medication and hereditary factors can discolor teeth, but are hard to avoid. Teeth whitening from our office can combat the staining that is caused by all of these factors.

After I get teeth whitening will my teeth be white forever?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening does not produce permanent results since you use your teeth every day so they are constantly exposed to staining items. A proper teeth whitening should last a few months. Despite the fact that it isn't permanent, it is so affordable that many people just come right back in for more teeth whitening when they feel their teeth are becoming dull again. We can also provide quick touch-ups as well.

Contact us to learn more about why teeth whitening is the most affordable and one of the most effective cosmetic dental improvements. We can provide you with the teeth whitening you need and help you determine what shade is best for you.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dental Bonding: A Fast and Easy Restorative Solution

Dental Bonding

As a cosmetic dentist, we realize many people have not heard of dental bonding. It is more common to discuss restorative solutions like dental crowns or dental veneers. Still, bonding is one of the most affordable, convenient, and fast restorations you can get. If you have cracked or chipped a tooth, this is one way to restore it in a single visit to our dental office. For people on a time crunch or being budget-conscious, this is an excellent solution to consider.

Here is how it works:
The process of dental bonding is fairly simplistic, but it takes the skilled hand of a cosmetic dentist to ensure it looks natural once done. Most dental restorations (crowns and veneers, for example) are created in a dental lab by a skilled technician. The lab tech creates these restorations using measurements and an impression made of your mouth. They have time to craft a restoration the exact size and shape it is supposed to be and make any adjustments if necessary. The bonding process works without the help of a dental lab, and the dentist is the one who shapes the material in-office. This makes it important to select a dentist who performs this procedure regularly and can do it well.
When you come in for dental bonding, your tooth will be cleaned and then slightly roughened. Your enamel will remain in place, so this is a non-invasive treatment. After it has been roughened, a moisturizing solution will be applied. Next, the dental bonding material will be placed onto your tooth, and the dentist will shape it in place. It will be shaped to give you a beautifully shaped tooth that looks entirely natural. Once done, the material will be hardened using a special dental light. It will also be created in a shade that matches your natural teeth to further ensure it blends in. The process can be completed fairly quickly, in less than an hour per tooth. As a result, you can come in for a restoration and leave with a completed one that same day.

What dental bonding can do for you:
Since bonding material can be shaped in place, it is incredibly versatile and also strong. It can restore the structure of your tooth if the tooth becomes cracked or chipped. It can also be used to cover dark stains when a teeth whitening treatment is not enough to remove them. As a cosmetic dentist, we even use bonding material to close small gaps in between the teeth. This means you can benefit from a drastic improvement to your smile, without needing to wear braces for months or going through a lengthy cosmetic treatment process. We can even use bonding material as a way to change the shape or size of your teeth in combination with contouring. Given the versatility and convenience of dental bonding, we highly recommend it as a treatment solution. To learn more, call and schedule an appointment.