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Cosmetic Dentistry

Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic material that is bonded to your teeth.

Common problems that veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers.

Home Care After Cosmetic Reconstruction

Full-mouth restorations are ideal for enhancing the appearance of the smile by correcting imperfections in bite position. After the procedure, it will take several days for you to adjust to the feel of your new bite and the new positions and shapes of your teeth. Do not hesitate to call us if you have any problems with your bite.

Your teeth will usually have heat, cold and pressure sensitivity for a while, and your gums will most likely be sore as well. To alleviate the pain and reduce swelling, we recommend rinsing your mouth with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) at least three times a day. You may also take ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin as directed on the bottle.

For the first few days, your speech will likely be affected. You will need time to adjust to your new bite and the new positions and shapes of your teeth. In about a week, you will be speaking normally again.

To maintain your new smile, brushing and flossing your teeth is a must. Be sure to schedule regular dental cleaning appointments to preserve your new teeth.

To guarantee your dental work’s longevity, please do not eat sticky or hard foods or candies that will damage your new teeth. In order to ensure the most natural-looking color of your teeth, you should avoid smoking and minimize drinking coffee, red wine and tea as these will all stain your teeth.

As with any procedure, if your pain or sensitivity persists, or if you have any questions, please call our office at (970) 945-8753, so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

Bleaching

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. We can provide a variety of bleaching options for whitening your smile.

In-Office Bleaching

This form of bleaching takes place in the dentist’s office and is considered to be the most effective. During your visit, your dentist will apply a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel in an application tray. These should fit well to ensure total coverage of each tooth. The gel is then light activated and left for 15 – 20 minutes. The trays are removed and the teeth are evaluated to determine if the correct shade has been attained. This procedure can be repeated two more times and yields quick results.

At-Home bleaching

At-home bleaching involves low-concentration whitening trays sent home from your dentist or over-the-counter whitening products such as gels, strips and rinses. This type of bleaching requires a longer period of treatment – from a week to two weeks – using the product for a certain number of hours each day.

Please remember that not all stains will respond to bleaching. In addition, bleaching will not work on tooth-colored fillings or dental bonding. We recommend not bleaching your teeth if you have infected gums or tooth decay.

Zoom Whitening

Philips Zoom is only available at a dentist’s office to ensure optimum safety, and comes in different treatment types and strengths to fit your lifestyle and sensitivity.

The quickest, easiest way to effectively whiten your teeth is in-office treatment with Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed. Zoom WhiteSpeed is the only in-office system that has variable intensity setting so each treatment can be customized to maximize patient comfort. The system also includes desensitizers to help minimize sensitivity and protect your enamel. This dentist-supervised, in-office procedure is safe, effective and clinically proven to whiten up to eight shades—for a brighter, whiter smile in just one office visit