From porcelain veneers and dental implants to teeth whitening and braces, modern cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve your smile. Here at Premier Dental Care, we’re proud to have an experienced team of cosmetic dentists in Watertown. Keep reading to learn how cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dental care that focuses primarily on appearance. When teeth are chipped, discolored, or have gaps in between them, fixing them may not be considered medically necessary. But cosmetic issues with your teeth can still affect your confidence and comfort. Luckily, cosmetic dental procedures are very common. Teeth whitening or dental veneers can be performed by most general and family dentists, and the procedures tend to be quick and simple.
What is the best method to whiten teeth?
You’ve probably seen ads or in-store products for teeth whitening strips or toothpaste that can whiten your teeth over time. While these products can be convenient, if you want to whiten your teeth with more reliable, long-lasting results, professional teeth whitening treatment is the way to go.
How is a professional tooth whitening kit different from an off-the-shelf kit?
Unlike standard teeth whitening kits you buy in-store, take-home kits include custom-made trays that are made to fit your teeth. Before you get your completed kit, your dentist will create molds of your teeth to make the trays. Once the trays are made in a lab and shipped back, your dentist will teach you how to apply the whitening solution to the tray and fit the tray onto your teeth. Usually, you will wear the trays for an hour a day over a period of two weeks to achieve desired results. At Premier Dental Care, we offer teeth whitening either through professional take-home kits or an in-office procedure called Zoom Teeth Whitening.
- In-Office Whitening — This technique offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, your gums and tooth-root surfaces will be covered with a protective barrier to ensure your safety. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel will be left on for about an hour. When it is removed, the results will be obvious immediately.
- Take-Home Whitening — This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, a mold of your teeth will be taken and then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays will be custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.
What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?
Zoom is a one-time, in-office procedure to whiten your teeth. After a standard cleaning is performed, a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is applied to the teeth. Then the Zoom light, which activates the gel, is placed near the mouth for fifteen minutes. This process is repeated three times, making the total procedure time around 1 hour. After the procedure is complete, you will be prescribed a professional touch-up kit to maintain your desired results.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are thin covers that are placed over a tooth to mask chips or to fill in a gap. They’re also a good option for people with stained teeth that don’t respond to teeth whitening solutions.
What kind of veneer should I get?
There are two types of dental veneers — porcelain or composite resin. Neither kind is objectively better, but each have their advantages and drawbacks.
- Porcelain veneers are strong and long lasting. They are also made from a mold of the affected tooth before being bonded over the tooth. Before the veneer can be applied, a small amount of enamel is removed from where the veneer will be bonded.
- Composite resin veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers, and while they may not last as long, they are easily fixed. They can also be applied in one visit as the dentist applies the material directly to the tooth without a mold. Once molded, a light is shined over the veneer to harden it and bond it to the tooth. These veneers also require a little less enamel to be removed before application.