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Cosmetic Dentistry

This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

WHITENING
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods: In-office tooth whitening and take home passive tray whitening.

In-Office Bleaching
This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit, about 30 minutes. The dentist will apply a flexible gingival barrier, which will allow for a quick and clean removal, to shield and protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth. A special light or laser can be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. However, our product does not require activation and a light is not required. The neutral pH of the bleaching gel ensures maximum comfort during and after treatment. The shorter treatment time results in less patient discomfort and lower sensitivity. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

At-Home Bleaching

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. Either a hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, or overnight. The entire process takes 2-4 weeks of daily use. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.

The end results, whether using trays at home or doing the in-office treatment, is the same. The cost of the tray method is less than the in-office treatment, and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.

VENEERS
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

 

34 Medical Park Blvd, Suite E
Petersburg, VA 23805
(804) 732-8800
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