One of the most powerful cosmetic dental options available today is porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are made to look exactly like your teeth and are applied over your natural teeth. They can be used to fix a variety of issues including:
• Crooked teeth• Crowded teeth• Gapped teeth• Aesthetically unpleasing teeth• Malformed teeth• Cracked or chipped teeth• Off-color teeth
Using porcelain veneers we can give you the smile that you have always dreamed of having!
Before you make a final decision on the kind of treatment, you should do some initial research and set up a free consultation with a certified and licensed dentist who is trained in the Invisalign treatment process. Not all dentists are trained in this type of treatment, so make sure you choose one with the proper experience and training. This is a major medical and financial decision, so you need to evaluate your options carefully.
At your consultation, the dentist will examine you and discuss whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. At this time, should you decide that you are ready to proceed with treatment, a panoramic x-ray and impressions of your teeth will be taken for a small fee. These are sent to Invisalign to create a treatment plan specific to your mouth. .
An appointment is then made for a consult to review your specific treatment plan. You will see in real time the movement of your teeth and what your teeth will look like when treatment is complete. At this appointment we also discuss length of treatment and
The next step is to get your clear plastic aligners that are made from BPA-free plastic. Unlike metal braces, these will not cause irritation or little cuts inside your cheeks. Once you have your set of aligners, you will wear them every day. But what makes these braces so much more convenient than metal braces, is that they are easy to remove so you can take them off when you are eating and brushing and flossing your teeth. If you play sports and wear a mouth guard, you can also take the aligners off to make the guard fit better. You should wear your aligners for at least 22 to 24 hours a day for the best effect so don’t leave them off for too long.
In order to improve the straightening process, your doctor will give you a new set of aligners every week based on your treatment plan. At each stage of the process, you will start to see your teeth gradually getting straighter, giving you a more beautiful smile. The Invisalign process not only allows your doctor to control the force placed on your teeth with these aligners but also the timing of it. During each stage, the doctor will concentrate on moving just certain teeth. With your treatment plan established in the beginning, you will know exactly what to expect each stage. If there is the need for any adjustments to the plan along the way, your doctor will communicate those to you. Sometimes your doctor will also add attachments that are like little ridges to your aligners to help facilitate the teeth-straightening process.
Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, the dentist talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. This will help you understand the procedure and ask any questions you might have about the treatment.
The complete procedure takes about 2 hours, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The dental assistant then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, or listen to music. The gel is applied for four 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 60 minutes. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
Sensitivity during treatment may occur in some people. The Zoom light produces minimal heat, which is usually the source of discomfort. Rarely, minor tingling is experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipates. We always recommend Fluoridex prescription toothpaste prior to whitening for prevention of any post op sensitivity. This will be dispensed to you when appointment is scheduled. As with other whitening products, Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, or for pregnant or lactating women. Also, it is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others.
You will be given a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. Instructions will be given on how and when to use this kit to maintain the whitening. To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, we recommend that you avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, and tobacco of any kind. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and make sure to keep your regularly scheduled cleaning appointments.