Veneers are thin porcelain or composite tooth-colored restorations that cover only the front side of your teeth. They are generally diagnosed for treatment on patients with misshapen, crooked, gapped, broken, and discolored teeth. In some cases, veneers can be fabricated without the need to prepare a patient’s teeth with a drill. However, this is not always the case and most of the time a small amount of tooth structure will need to be removed to allow for the veneers to fit and function properly.
Porcelain veneers take two appointments to complete and composite veneers generally take only one. Treatment and timeline depends solely on the desired outcome and longevity of the restoration; a composite veneer takes less time but has a much shorter life expectancy.
Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that gently lightens stained or discolored teeth. Whitening uses a safe and effective gel designed to change the refractive index of light striking your tooth surface effectively making them brighter in appearance. (Our office uses a 15% carbamide peroxide gel, which is a low percent gel so teeth will not be damaged).
While some might advertise one-hour bleaching (or in-office), this type of bleaching is not recommended as research shows it has the least efficacy for the most cost. Instead, we recommend custom molded and clear bleach trays that house the gel formula and you wear on your own timeframe. These are very effective, have a one-time cost for the trays, and can be worn for many years!
Bonding is the application of dental composite (white) to tooth structure via a dental adhesive. The final bond occurs once the material is cured in place by an LED light. Bonding can usually be done in one visit and the final result is beautiful and natural looking. Bonding can improve the appearance of chipped, fracture, cracked, excessively spaced, or stained teeth.