Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

dentist-2Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

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Clear braces have become increasing popular because of their ability to maintain a natural aesthetic throughout the alignment process. Unlike traditional metal wires and brackets, clear braces use aligners made of ceramic. The aligners attach to your teeth and look virtually invisible. Each aligner is specifically calibrated to move specific teeth until your entire smile has been straightened. Sometimes even the wire that is used (which is traditionally metal) can be clear to make the braces even less noticeable.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

Why Invisalign®

Invisalign® is a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth and give you the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Straight, properly aligned teeth not only look great but are easier to keep clean and promote optimum oral health. For some patients, unresolved localized areas of gum inflammation and bone loss due to crowded teeth can be resolved by correcting the position of the teeth.

Traditional braces

BBraces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main arch wire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The arch wire gradually supports the brackets to straighten and level your bite. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth, achieving an ideal alignment and bite. Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth.

Retainer

Retainer is a device that holds the position of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. Without a retainer, your teeth will gradually shift back toward their original position. For that reason, it is absolutely necessary to wear your retainers if you want to preserve that beautiful smile you paid so much for. There are three types of retainers: Hawley retainer, plastic retainer, and fixed retainer. Hawley retainers are basically metal wires that surround your front teeth. Plastic retainers are made of clear plastics called polyvinylchloride. They are similar to Invisalign aligners, but they are made stronger to provide longer life expectancy. Fixed retainers are metal bars bonded on the tongue side of your front teeth. The metal bar is what holds your teeth in place. Generally, lingual bar is only placed on the lower teeth, so it does not retain the position of your upper teeth. It is not removable by the patient, so you will need to visit a dentist if you need to remove it for any reason.

Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they are covered with too much gum tissue. Crown lengthening is a procedure to correct this condition. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is re-shaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile. Crown lengthening can make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
This is one way to quickly get that beautiful smile. Veneers and Laminates are a thin shell of porcelain or resin that is bonded to the surface of the teeth. This can change their shape, shade, and position to improve the cosmetics of your teeth and smile. They are also used to replace and restore any lost tooth structure where indicated. Your dentist will do a complete examination of your teeth to determine if veneers are ideal for you. Veneers often provide the opportunity to dramatically transform the aesthetics of your teeth and smile. Veneers can enhance the shape of your teeth, make your teeth as white as you want, and give you the smile you have always desired. Additionally, Veneers are bonded to your tooth structure, which gives them strength. Since they are very thin, Veneers are considered one of the most conservative treatments available. Most of the time, very little or no tooth structure is removed before placing veneers. Ask our dentist how veneers can improve your smile.
A very conservative and non invasive way to repair chipped or discolored teeth. The procedure consists of white filling which is “bonded “ to your tooth and creates the appearance of a white restored tooth.
  • We can also place a bonded filling into your back teeth which will make an amalgam filling a thing of the past.