Whitening / Bonding / Veneers
Whitening is probably the simplest and quickest way to improve your smile and to give your self-esteem a boost! Professional laser teeth whitening (whitening teeth with peroxide bleaching compounds, activated by laser or light) has become an extremely popular procedure, both with dental patients and dentists alike.
While there are many variations on this whitening technique, two of the broadest categories it encompasses are professional teeth whitening treatments (performed by dentists in their office) and at-home teeth whitening (using a splint which is custom made for you to fit precisely over your teeth). Our office gives you access to both.
Bonding is the application of a white colored dental filling material to a prepared tooth surface. It might be utilized as a way to improve the appearance of a cosmetic defect found on the surface of a tooth, to replace tooth structure that has chipped away or broken, or to repair damage caused by tooth decay. Bonding can even be used to resurface the entire front side of a tooth so as to enhance its cosmetic appearance. As a benefit, when compared with other cosmetic dentistry techniques, dental bonding can be an inexpensive way to a sparkly smile.
The use of porcelain veneers is an excellent solution for teeth that are chipped, worn, stained or slightly misaligned. These veneers are wafer-thin sheets of porcelain that are securely bonded onto the front surface of a tooth for aesthetic enhancement.
An important consideration for longevity is that porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. Since porcelain is a ceramic, and therefore glasslike, its surface is extremely smooth and impervious. This means that the surface of a porcelain veneer will not pick up permanent stains.
One property of the natural enamel covering your teeth is that it is translucent. When light strikes a tooth’s surface, it is not immediately reflected off, but instead penetrates into the thickness of the enamel. This property of translucency is an important part of what gives teeth their characteristic appearance. Historically, cosmetic dental bonding materials were only semi-translucent, meaning that light was reflected off the bonding’s outer surface.
Porcelain veneers, because they are glasslike, mimic the light handling characteristics of enamel. This translucency effect provides a sense of depth and thus a very life-like appearance.