If you have discolored teeth, it can be hard to want to show off your smile. And a smile should never be something you want to hide. Luckily, there are multiple options to take care of discolored teeth. Dr. James White discusses the various Las Vegas, NV cosmetic dentistry options to get the smile of your dreams.
Professional Teeth Whitening
When you think about getting a whiter smile at your dental office, this is probably what comes to mind. Professional teeth whitening provides many benefits that over the counter options don’t have. Drugstore products are often one size fits all and can result in a blotchy final product and sensitivity where the bleaching agent came into contact with your soft tissue.
At our office, we provide Zoom! teeth whitening services. In about an hour at our office, you can leave with a smile up to eight shades whiter! Since it’s a quick service, in-office teeth whitening is ideal when you have an important event coming up. We make sure your oral health is healthy enough to get the procedure and ensure that your gums and soft tissue are protected from the bleaching agent.
For Zoom! whitening, Dr. White carefully applies a whitening gel to your teeth. This gel contains hydrogen peroxide and is activated by a special light. The light allows it to penetrate and get rid of deep stains in the teeth. The gel is reapplied multiple times at 15-minute intervals to make sure you get the maximum effect.
There are some stains that aren’t able to be whitened through traditional methods. Porcelain veneers offer a good alternative. Veneers are made of thin shells of dental ceramic that cover the front and sides of your teeth. The material is designed to be durable and stain-resistant for a solution that lasts years to come.
To get veneers, a small amount of your tooth structure is removed. This is to ensure the veneers are flush and even with the rest of your teeth. Impressions are taken and the veneers are made. Once they’re ready, they’ll be fitted to your teeth to make sure that they’re comfortable and look the way you want them to. If you’re satisfied, they’re then permanently bonded to your teeth.
If you’re looking for an economical option and don’t want a permanent restoration, dental bonding may be your best choice. The bonding material is made of a composite resin that’s color-matched to the shade of white you’re looking for. The material is malleable and you’re able to take care of any cosmetic cracks or chips at the same time.
To get bonding, a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed to make sure the material adheres to your tooth. The resin is molded in the shape of your tooth to make it look natural. Once you’re happy with it, the material is cured and hardened by a special light. It’s then polished so that it matches the natural sheen of the rest of your teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada
Make sure you have a smile that you’re always ready to show off. Call us or schedule an appointment online.