Many of us would like to improve on the appearance of our smile. Over time, wear and tear occurs on your teeth, spaces open up, and when you smile into the mirror in the morning, you may notice they are not as white as they were when you were younger. Professional whitening may be all that you need to boost your smile’s brightness, but that won’t work well for teeth that are stained from antibiotic use, or that have started to gray or brown over time. And if you are concerned about the shape and style of your teeth, you may need to turn to dental bonding or veneers instead. Both procedures are used to improve the overall appearance of your smile by changing the size, shape, and/or color of your teeth, and are considered restorative, cosmetic treatments. Bonding and veneers can hide visible imperfections on your teeth and can give you the appearance of a flawless smile.
You may think you’ve done all you can to whiten your teeth, but if you’ve tried whitening them at home, you may be frustrated by over-the-counter tooth whitening products that do not perform as described. Our professional KOR Whitening System has been proven to be a far safer and more effective way to eliminate stains and reveal your bright, youthful smile. KOR understands the science of whitening teeth. The system is based on precise fitting trays and highly active whitening gel. What makes it different is that the gel does not use chemical stabilizers.
To whiten teeth the whitening gel must be reactive at room temperature. KOR gel is manufactured and shipped refrigerated to stabilize the gel. When the gel is placed in the trays and warms it becomes highly active. Before starting we recommend a cleaning and exam. We want your teeth to be as clean as possible, so that the trays fit like they should and you get best results possible.
Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or disarranged. It is designed to improve the appearance of your smile by changing the color and shape of individual teeth. Once a tooth is lightly etched and a bonding liquid applied, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by one of our dentists. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
While other types of veneer can require multiple visits to the dentist, composite bonding can often be completed in one visit. The tooth is prepared by lightly etching it, and then a bonding liquid is applied to the outer surface of the tooth. Once that liquid sets, a plastic resin is then applied to the tooth and shaped. After the resin sets, we then trim, smooth, and polish it, to make it look natural.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
To prepare the teeth for veneers, we normally remove a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. This makes room for the veneers so that your teeth look natural. We then make an impression, or mold, of the prepared teeth, and choose the veneer shade that will be the best match for your smile. After your veneers have been created from the molds, we then place the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
Which is right for me?
Whitening, dental bonding, and veneers are very similar treatments, as all are used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Your choice of treatment depends on your specific needs, and it is best to discuss those with us for a more individually tailored plan. In general, dental bonding is optimal for tooth repairs such as chips, fractures, closing spaces, etc., as well as cosmetic enhancement, and are a simpler and often less expensive option than veneers. Porcelain veneers are sometimes used for certain fractures, although not as frequently. To learn more about these procedures, visit our Cosmetic Treatments page.
Whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers are powerful cosmetic procedures that can dramatically change the appearance of your smile. To discuss which could be right for you, call to schedule an appointment today!