Professional teeth whitening can be a quick and simple way to significantly improve the appearance of your smile. If you’re wondering whether your smile could benefit from teeth whitening, here are some points from our Surrey dentists on how to tell if teeth whitening might be right for you.
At Elgin Corners Dental in Surrey, we offer cosmetic treatments that help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile.
Tooth whitening is a non-invasive dental treatment used to change the colour of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
The most popular method of whitening is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for Teeth Whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Yellow, brown stained teeth
What does teeth whitening involve?
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made and are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
- Crooked teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.
The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.
A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.
Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.