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Porcelain Veneers And Teeth Whitening - Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Dec 18, 2007
Over time our teeth tend to become discolored or stained. Whether this is from smoking, coffee, or any other foods, a beautiful smile could be closer than you think. There are safe, inexpensive solutions to an unsightly smile. Whitening your teeth is a very simple procedure that can be completed in relatively short period of time.

The first step in the whitening process is impressions. Dentists will take full impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be made into custom bleaching trays. The trays will fit onto your teeth perfectly so there is a small possibility of gum damage from the bleaching solution.

The second step is to place the bleaching solution in the trays and wear them for a few hours a day. Within 7-10 days, you will see a significant improvement in the color of your teeth. Your smile will look brighter and younger. Some dentists will take before and after photos so that you will be able to compare the amazing transformation.

Bleaching only works on natural teeth and may not be effective in all cases. Your dentist will inform you as to the potential whitening for your specific situation.

Porcelain veneers are extremely thin casings of ceramic that are bonded to the front of the patients tooth to create a new smile. Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of teeth that appear too small or large, slightly discolored, or simply are not cosmetically pleasing to the patient. For many patients, teeth may have chipped, become discolored, or are slightly crooked. For the majority of these patients, porcelain veneers can prove to be the perfect solution.

When placing porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentists pay close attention to the patients surrounding teeth and design each veneer to complement the overall smile. The result is a beautiful, attractive new smile.

If cared for properly, your veneers will last you a long time. We ensure that your new veneers are constructed of the most durable porcelain materials available.

The cosmetic dentistry procedure begins with the preparation of the tooth. This entails removing the discolored or unsightly portion of the tooth and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer. Once the cosmetic dentist has shaped the tooth, they will take an impression. This impression will be sent to a lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While the new veneers are created, the dentist provide you with a temporary restoration. Temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.

During your next visit to the office, the cosmetic dentist will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. The veneers will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. The dentist will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process will be to bond the new veneers into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
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