Whiter, Brighter Teeth – It’s Easy to Whiten!
You may look in the mirror and wonder how after brushing and flossing, your teeth are still stained and discolored? You may have even flipped through a magazine and found yourself longing for a model or movie star’s smile. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with discolored teeth anymore. If you would like a whiter, brighter smile, ask to your dentist about teeth whitening.
Why do teeth discolor?
Your teeth may become discolored for a variety of reasons. Stains from coffee, wine, tea and smoking are the most common, especially when used regularly. Certain medications, Tetracycline, excessive fluoride and aging dental work may also cause unsightly stains on your teeth. Aging alone causes your teeth to discolor over time.
Genetics can also determine the color of your teeth. While we think of tooth enamel as white, the natural unstained shade of your teeth can range from pearly white to pale yellow. Even if you brush and floss daily, you may have genetically inherited teeth that are healthy but just not white.
What are take home teeth whiteners?
Our team will create customized soft rubber trays that will precisely fit over your teeth and are designed to hold the whitening gel exactly where it is needed. It only takes two appointments. At the first appointment we will take upper and lower impressions. This only requires about 30 minutes of your time. Then at the second appointment, Dr. Camfield will sit down with you and show you precisely how to place the gel in your custom trays. He will also tell you how long to wear them depending on what concentration of gel he feels is best for your particular situation. Your take home kit includes one year of whitening gel, a case for your trays, and a shade guide so that you can monitor your results.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
- Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile. With Veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are deeply stained, badly shaped teeth or teeth with old bonding already on them. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, usually within three appointments.
Will they look like normal teeth?
- When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or soda stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other bonding options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they can take on the more natural color of the underlying tooth.
How durable are Veneers?
- With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. Camfield uses a special lab for all of his veneers that are crafted from the highest quality porcelains by some of the most talented technicians in the country. Valley Dental Arts – http://www.valleydentalarts.com/ Dr. Camfield also uses the most advanced and proven bonding materials available to dentistry to adhere your veneers to the teeth.
- Diagnosis and treatment planning (1-2 appointments): This is really the most important part of the procedure. In most cases we will take impressions and have the lab fabricate a three dimensional wax up so that you can see your custom end result before we begin preparing the teeth. Dr. Camfield will spend time with you choosing color, characterization, shape and the design needs for your smile. Digital photos are also taken before treatment to use for communication with Dr. Camfield’s lab technicians.
- Preparation (1 appointment): This appointment will be 1 to 2 hours long. Although the porcelain is very thin, your teeth are slightly reshaped and buffed to allow for the added thickness. This usually requires very little local anesthesia. An impression is then taken and sent to the lab for fabrication and temporary plastic veeneers are placed until your next visit.
- Bonding (1 appointment): At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Camfield will remove your temporaray and place the new porcelain veneer on your teeth with water to check the fit and color. If you and Dr. Camfield are satisfied with the esthetics and fit, the veneers are cleaned and a special cement and a visible blue light beam is used to harden the cement.
Care and Maintenance:
- Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen and regular check-ups with our office will insure the best esthetic success of your veneer. You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after the placement of your veneer. This is very normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please call Dr. Camfield.
- If you are a known clencher/bruxer, Dr. Camfield will recommend a night guard for you to wear to minimize the stress placed on your teeth while you sleep.
- We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, larger silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure overall. White composite fillings eliminate the black color of the teeth and actually strengthen the tooth structure by bonding to the tooth.
- The old filling is removed and the tooth is checked for new decay. This can be done with local anesthetic. The tooth is then cleaned/disinfected with a surgical soap and the adhesive and filling are placed. Your bite is checked and the tooth is polished.
Care and Maintenance:
- You are able to brush, floss, eat and drink as soon as your appointment is over. We only ask that if you needed local anesthetic for the procedure, that you use CAUTION when eating so that you don’t bite your tongue or cheek. Hot liquids should also be consumed with caution.
Fixed Porcelain Bridges
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of your other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correction of tooth loss.
What exactly is a bridge?
- A bridge is a device which fills the gaps where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist.
Why do I need a bridge?
- Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. Maintaining the space in your mouth is the most important reason to have a bridge placed. The teeth were designed to compliment each other. The movement of the teeth after one is missing can lead to a number of other dental problems.
How is a bridge attached?
- The attachment procedure usually takes 2 to 3 appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Camfield will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Impressions are taken, a temporary is made and the models are sent to the lab where the bridge is made. Two weeks later, the temporary is removed and the bridge is cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth.
How do I take care of my bridge?
- A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
With a crown, we can repair and protect teeth that have been badly damaged by decay, trauma and cracking. A dental crown is a replica that is used to cover damaged, unattractive teeth in order to prevent further fractures. This replica in turn restores the beauty to the tooth. Dr. Camfield offers Porcelain Fused to High Noble metal crowns(when strength is necessary), as well as All Ceramic Crowns. All Ceramic Crowns produce vivid, natural results without a dark hue at gum-line.