Dr. Kara Henderson & Dr. Lyman B. Henderson
Teeth whitening is an easy and non-invasive way to change the color of your natural tooth enamel and a smart way to make your smile more beautiful with few hassles. Having white teeth is now an important aesthetic concern of most dental patients, so a number of ways have been developed to deal with the issue. The most popular way to whiten teeth is with a home whitening system, a safe and convenient choice. But teeth whitening only works with natural tooth enamel, so it is important to consider whether old fillings will need to be replaced for complete satisfaction. Crowns and other restorations could be the wrong color after whitening and will need to be replaced. Teeth whitening does not last forever. Touch-ups may be necessary every few years, especially if you drink coffee, iced or hot tea or wine -- or if you smoke.
Consider teeth whitening when you want to correct:
- Fluorosis, excess fluoride during tooth development that leads to spots
- General wear to the outer layer of teeth
- Brown or yellow stained teeth
Dental bonding is a common cosmetic procedure that allows a dentist to repair or reshape a smile using a composite resin material. This type of cosmetic bonding is the right choice if you have insecurity about your smile and want an affordable alternative to veneers or orthodontics. Chipped and uneven teeth can be repaired with bonding affordably and easily, improving the look and function of your teeth. Plus, bonding often requires no anesthetic and can be completed in just one visit. Bonding material, like most other kinds of restorations, wears and discolors over time and will need to be replaced eventually, but it will likely provide good results for many years.
- Closing gaps or spaces
- Repairing chipped teeth
- Repairing teeth with cavities
- Adding length to short teeth
- Protecting exposed roots from receding gums
- Correcting badly discolored teeth
Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that are made especially to your shape and color requirements by a dental lab. These are then bonded onto teeth to create an attractive smile. Veneers can be used to completely reshape teeth and therefore dramatically improve your smile. In many cases, they are used as an alternative to crowns to treat a variety of dental conditions. Veneers are not permanent, and like most other kinds of dental restorations, they will probably need to be replaced someday. They are, however, exceptionally durable and can give you the beautiful, near-perfect smile you now lack.
- Teeth that are cosmetically imperfect
- Crooked teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too large or too small
- Filling gaps or spaces
- Repairing chipped or worn teeth