Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening
As the name implies, teeth whitening, is the act of whiting teeth and therefore making them more attractive. Teeth whitening can be used to whiten stained, discolored, or dull teeth to improve your smile. Whitening is one of the most cost effective ways to improve the esthetics of your smile and is relatively painless.
There are two primary methods of teeth whitening; in office and at home trays.

In office teeth whitening is ideal for people looking for immediate results or active lifestyles that don't have time for a series of at home treatments. The procedure usually takes about an hour. In office teeth whitening starts with the application of a protective gel to the gums and surrounding soft tissue. A different gel that activates under light is applied to the teeth surfaces. An intense light is used enhance the whitening gel's effectiveness.

At home trays are generally less expensive than in office treatments and require the making a mold of the teeth to create trays. After a few days the trays will be ready for pick-up and receive instruction on proper use. The trays are taken home, filled with a bleaching gel, and worn for up to one hour at a time, up to twice a day. Bleach trays allow for gradual whitening of the teeth over several days or weeks ending with a fabulous result. Bleaching may cause tooth sensitivity, if this occurs inform your dentist.

Dental Veneers
Veneers are a porcelain or ceramic cover for the visible portion of teeth to dramatically improve the esthetics of your smile. Veneers usually require a couple dental visits. First the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and temporary covers are placed on the teeth. Using the impressions the custom veneers are precisely manufactured in a dental lab. The process takes about two weeks. When complete the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Veneers require less tooth structure removal and the procedure is often more comfortable than receiving full coverage crowns.

School Is Out!
Summer is here, and it's a great time to catch up on those dental checkups! With a little more free time and less anxiety from school or other activities, we can get your child mouth-healthy in no time at all; plus if your child's school requires a dental exam for admission into school in the fall, you will already have it done! Check-ups are the perfect way to catch any problems early on in order to minimize the necessary treatment and keep your child on track for good oral health.

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