Have you ever wished that you had a whiter, more aesthetically pleasing smile? Teeth whitening is a cost-effective minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that can reduce discoloration and tooth stains with the use of peroxide-based whitening agents.
After applying the whitening agent to your teeth, the peroxide increases tooth porosity so that it can seep through the deeper layers to remove intrinsic stains. How does this work?
Peroxide contains volatile oxygen molecules that react with staining molecules to break apart the bonds that cling to them. Contact us at West Allen Dental to schedule a consultation.
Teeth whitening can last for up to 3 years with proper care.
Dr. Natchi will take a look at the discoloration of your teeth to determine which whitening treatment is suitable for you. If oral health problems are suspected, we will take x-rays to rule them out.
Though you can whiten your teeth from home, you’ll first need to come in for a short 15-minute appointment so we can take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab to create your whitening trays.
After a few weeks, your trays will be ready to be picked up along with your instructions and whitening materials.
To apply the take-home whitening gel, follow the instructions. You will apply the whitening gel to the inside of your trays and place the trays over your teeth.
For in-office whitening, Dr. Natchi will do this for you. The whitening agent is applied directly to each tooth.
After applying your in-office whitening treatment, your teeth are exposed to UV light which activates the whitening gel.
You will need to keep wearing your whitening trays for 2 weeks to complete take-home whitening. For both types of whitening, we will recommend you limit your exposure to stains to prevent discoloration.
Let’s say you have an important formal event coming up or you need to take professional photos. This is where in-office whitening is superior because drastic changes in your tooth shade can be achieved in just one hour-long appointment.
Instead of creating whitening trays for you to wear, the whitening agent is painted directly onto your tooth enamel and activated with UV light before being rinsed out an hour later. We prevent gum irritation by placing a cheek protractor and covering your gums with desensitizing gel.
Most patients will only need this single whitening appointment to produce incredible changes to their smile. The teeth can be lightened up to 10 shades after one treatment. However, some patients have extensive discoloration and could use multiple sessions.
Believe it or not, not all whitening treatments are performed at the dental office. We can supply you with all of the professional dental whitening materials so that you can whiten your teeth yourself in the comfort of your own living space.
This enables people with hectic schedules and busy lives to get other stuff done while they’re whitening their teeth instead of sitting in a dental chair for an hour. The only difference between this treatment and in-office whitening is that the concentration of peroxide is much lower.
While this still produces the same results in the end, you will need to repeatedly wear your whitening trays (which are created from impressions of your teeth) each day for up to 2 weeks. This treatment is ideal for patients who want a more convenient treatment at home or if they have sensitive teeth.
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment.
While every type of bridge is different, dental bridges all share similar characteristics, and work in the same way. A bridge is used to attach one or more false teeth to your existing teeth – locking them into place by using dental crowns (fixed and cantilever bridges) or metal “wings” that attach to the rear of your teeth (Maryland bridges).
Because they won’t move or shift, they’re a great alternative to partial dentures. And since they do not require invasive surgery, some patients prefer dental bridges as an alternative to dental implants.
Dental bridges are considered to be a permanent treatment, since they can only be removed by a dental professional and they typically last 10-15 years or longer.
In addition, the tooth preparation procedure for your abutment teeth is not reversible. It requires the permanent removal of enamel from one or more of your teeth, so you may want to keep this in mind when deciding whether or not a bridge is right for you.
Yes. Dental bridges, just like all dental prostheses, can become damaged over time, or simply worn down from daily use when chewing, biting, smiling, and speaking. Typically, bridges last between 10-20 years, but the expected lifespan of your bridge may be different depending on the type of bridge, how well you care for your teeth, and a few other factors.
This varies, depending on the type of dental bridge you choose. However, most dental bridges are made from a combination of a metal framework, which supports the teeth and ensures they’re in the proper place, and one or more porcelain crowns and false teeth. Acrylic teeth are sometimes used for dental bridges, but usually they are only used for temporary bridges, since acrylic is much less durable than porcelain and ceramic materials.
The cost of dental bridges is different for each patient. Factors that may affect the cost of your bridge include your overall oral health, the type of bridge you choose, pre-treatment surgeries (like tooth extraction) and more. The best way to find out how much you’ll pay for a dental bridge is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.
However, dental bridges are usually covered, at least in part, by dental insurance when they’re used to restore missing teeth. Contact your insurance provider to learn more about your coverage.