The first step in whitening involves a thorough examination, X-rays and cleaning. Whitening diseased teeth is like painting a rusted out old car. It is not ethical for a dentist to perform an aesthetic procedure like whitening in the presence of curable disease! It is important to be aware whitening does not affect fillings, including white fillings in the front teeth. Therefore, if you have any composite fillings in your front teeth, they may have to be replaced after the whitening process since the shade of these fillings was chosen to match the teeth as they were before whitening. The second step is taking impressions of the upper and lower teeth so models can be made to fabricate the whitening trays. Finally, you get your trays and the whitening kit, and go home and begin the process.
If the teeth are chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discolored, the dentist uses a plastic putty-like resin to rebuild the teeth and make them look natural. After preparation of the tooth, a composite resin is applied and shaped to fill in chips or to correct other problems. We then use a bonding light that dries and hardens the resin. The tooth is then smoothed and polished. This procedure usually last up to 5 years before you may need to have it redone due to discoloration or natural wear and tear.
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, nearly undetectable, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. It has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide.
ZOOM! Chairside Whitening:
Our office is proud to offer the radically new “Zoom!” in-office tooth whitening system that uses a full-mouth whitening light combined with a revolutionary 25% Hydrogen Peroxide light activated gel to lighten teeth 6 to 10 shades in about one hour.