This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
Professional tooth whitening is the preferred method for whitening your teeth. It allows the dentists to evaluate your tooth color, diagnosis the cause of tooth discoloration , and help you determine the best approach to whitening your teeth and maintaining your new whiter smile.
In-Office treatments – This is a great jump-start to a brighter, whiter smile. This method achieves results in a much quicker timeframe and is a great way to whiten your front teeth prior to beginning a whole mouth treatment with custom – fitted whitening trays.
Before the procedure, you and Dr. McCain will determine which teeth you want to have whitened with this treatment, and your current tooth color will be recorded. During the procedure, stronger whitening agents are applied to your teeth; however, your other teeth, gums, and soft-tissue are all protected. The whitening agents will be applied to the selected teeth for approximately 20-30 minutes. At the end of your appointment, your new tooth color will be compared to the pretreatment shade, and you will be able to see the results before you leave.
The tray method involves having impressions taken, from which custom trays are made, in office. A carbamide peroxide gel (whitening agent) is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.