Your smile is a reflection of your inner self. It can convey confidence, kindness, contentment and, yes, even youthfulness. we can create a more youthful smile by correcting discolored teeth, filling in spaces and gaps, and correcting chipped and crooked teeth.
Often, people with stained or discolored teeth just need a whitening procedure in order to restore their smile. Whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten darkened or dull teeth. Today, patients have several options available to whiten their teeth and improve their smile. Our office offers two different professional methods to whiten your teeth. The in-office treatment which provides results in one visit and the at-home/take-home customized whitening kit which produces whiter teeth gradually over a period of five to fifteen days.
In Office Whitening
The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe effective and fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Zoom! Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. You may have seen Zoom used on ABC’s Extreme Makeover show.
How the Zoom! In-Office System Works! The Zoom! light activated gel was developed after years of research by Discus Dental, the leaders in professional take-home tooth whitening. The gel is a scientifically formulated, pH balanced Hydrogen Peroxide that, when activated by the Zoom! light, gently penetrates the teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration. With proper care and an occasional touch-up at home, your whiter smile will sparkle for years.
The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The Zoom! clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure.
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At Home Whitening
This system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of stained substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. A dentist may determine viable candidates for the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis. Our treatment is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile, day or night.
Is the process safe?
YES! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide and under the supervision of a dentist is safe on the teeth and gums. In fact, many dentists consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.
How does it work?
The whitening gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth color is made lighter.
How long does at-home bleaching take?
Results are usually seen after the first application. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued 10-14 nights. How long does the sensitivity last? Some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
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Smiles can be altered by the use of cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers. We can repair chips, close spaces, remove discolorations, change colors and reshape teeth. These procedures are done with minimal or sometimes no tooth enamel removal. Porcelain veneers are some of the most beautiful and durable restorations that we have to offer.
Before the availability of dental implants, we were limited in how we were able to replace missing teeth. Our options included fixed bridges, which frequently require the reduction of sound teeth to replace a missing tooth or removable appliances. Implants allow us to replace individual teeth, without altering other adjacent natural teeth. People who are wearing full or partial dentures can now replace these with non-removable appliances, or lock a denture into place to provide greatly enhanced chewing ability and comfort. Scientist agree that dental implants are the closest thing to growing new teeth!
Modern adhesive dentistry offers many restorative materials other than silver amalgam. Tooth colored materials now offer strong, esthetic, and wear resistant restorations. These materials are bonded to existing tooth structures which, in essence “glues the walls of the tooth together,” strengthening the tooth. In contrast, silver amalgam expands and contracts in the tooth which can cause leakage of the filling, recurrent decay, and actual fracture of the tooth.
We now have the ability to replace large silver fillings and restore teeth with large cavities with strong tooth colored restorations that are very esthetic and natural looking. This is an option to treating a tooth with a crown. Onlays are bonded to the teeth and blend so well that one can not differentiate the tooth from the restoration.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin which may at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures, complete and partial. Both complete dentures and partial dentures are finely crafted and custom-fitted to the patient. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, and rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.
The unique impression of your teeth, bite, and the shape of your jaw shape will be used to create the dentures. Typically, conventional complete dentures require a one-to-two month wait after the extraction of your teeth, so that your mouth and gums will have time to heal, permitting a more accurate fitting. However, if you cannot be without the missing teeth even for a short time, “immediate” dentures can be inserted right after the extractions.
How are dentures accomplished?
The teeth must be extracted (before or after the construction of the denture). In some cases, surgery is necessary to improve the bony ridges that stabilize your dentures.
The procedure begins with an impression of your mouth that will give Dr. Harelick exact measurements. Next, a secondary impression may be needed. This will be followed with a “wax bite” to record the relationship of the upper and lower jaw positions so that the bite will function properly when completed Then the new teeth will be set up in wax to check the fit and function, as well as give the doctor and the patient the opportunity to evaluate an approve the look, the color, and the feel of the almost completed denture. It is then sent to be processed into a very hard acrylic.
After your final dentures are fabricated, they will be placed and you will be informed of their required care.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures are made from prefabricated acrylic and sized to fit the shape of your jaw and mouth. They mimic the color and appearance of your natural teeth.
Dental bonding can improve the appearance of teeth, especially teeth that have stains which can’t be removed by bleaching. During the procedure, a composite plastic resin is applied to the front surface of the teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to change the shape of teeth including adding length to short teeth.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The dentist first “conditions” the enamel (removes the shine of the enamel) of the tooth by using an etching gel, so that the composite resin will adhere to the tooth. Then, the dentist applies the resin to the tooth and exposes it to a high intensity light which hardens the resin and seals up the enamel. After bonding the resin to the tooth, the dentist polishes and contours the tooth. The procedure usually doesn’t require the use of an anesthetic.
How Long do the Results From Bonding Last?
Results can last for 5-10 years. Bonding material does loose its shine over time, and stains and plaque may stick to it. As the results begin to fade, bonding can be repaired or redone.