When you have discolored teeth, it can be hard to be confident with your smile. We want you to have a smile that you’re excited to show off. Luckily, there are multiple options for treating discolored teeth. Dr. Bryan Bumpas of Prairie Dental, a dentist in Edmond, OK, describes the options available at our office.
Professional Teeth Whitening
This is probably what comes to mind when you think of teeth whitening at your dental office. Professional teeth whitening provides many benefits compared to over the counter options. Drugstore whitening products can provide blotchy and uneven results. Since they’re often one size fits all, you may experience sensitivity when the bleaching agent comes into contact with your gums.
At our office, we provide Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening. This is a take-home teeth whitening option that gradually gives you a brighter smile. Custom whitening trays are created to match the exact alignment of your teeth to ensure that the whitening gel can be dispersed evenly. This also eliminates the worry of your gums coming into contact with the bleaching agent.
Depending on the hydrogen peroxide gel that you’re using, you typically wear the trays for less than an hour for 5-10 days. Dr. Bumpas can help you determine the hydrogen peroxide concentration that’s right for the goals you have.
Not all staining can be taken care of with traditional whitening techniques. Porcelain veneers offer an alternative for staining that’s caused by things like genetics or medication. Veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that go over the front and sides of your teeth. The material is designed to be durable and stain-resistant for a strong solution.
To get veneers, a small amount of the tooth structure is removed. We want to make sure the veneers lay flat and flush with the rest of your smile. Impressions are taken for the veneers to be custom-made for your smile. When they’re ready and back in the office, we’ll fit them to your teeth. If you’re satisfied, they’ll be permanently bonded to your teeth.
If you’re looking for a solution that’s cost-efficient and you aren’t ready for a permanent restoration, dental bonding may be the best solution. The bonding material consists of a composite resin that can be color-matched to the shade you desire. It’s malleable, meaning it can take care of cosmetic chips while whitening your smile.
A minimal amount of tooth structure is removed to ensure the bonding material adheres to your teeth. The material is molded in the shape of the tooth so that it blends in and looks natural. When you’re satisfied with how it looks, the resin will be cured and hardened with a special light. It’s then polished to match the natural sheen of the rest of your teeth.
Whitening Teeth at Your Edmond, Oklahoma Dentist
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