Veneers, thin sheaths of porcelain, are often recommend for those patients who want to conceal a wide variety of cosmetic flaws without undergoing numerous or complex cosmetic, restorative, or orthodontic procedures. Porcelain veneers are customized to fit onto the front facing surfaces of teeth, and they are designed, crafted, and placed in one appointment. During the initial visit, we may have to remove a small amount of tooth enamel in order to allow the veneer to lay flat within the smile line. Then, we’ll capture bite impressions that will be used by our lab to create the custom veneers. If we needed to remove surface enamel to prepare the smile for veneers, we’ll place a temporary to protect the prepared teeth. Once we receive the final veneers, you’ll return to our office to exchange the temporary for a custom porcelain veneer perfecting your smile.
While not possible in every situation, direct bonding may allow us to provide many patients with a more conservative and affordable cosmetic treatment alternative to porcelain veneers. Bonding uses the same tooth-colored composite resin utilized for fillings. We apply the composite to the surfaces of teeth. Then, we shape the putty-like material into position correcting and concealing dental damage and decay. Once in place, we use a curing light to harden the composite into position.
Your teeth whitening dentist can help you determine if your teeth and gums are healthy and good candidates for teeth whitening treatment and which whitening process will give you even, natural looking results. If the discoloration or stains on your teeth will not respond well to whitening, your dentist will have other options that will work best for you.
If teeth whitening is a good option for you, in-office teeth whitening will give almost immediate results and teeth whitening trays and gels created by your dentist can be done at home over the span of three days to two weeks.
Many of the patients who choose to visit our office for teeth whitening have already tried over the counter whitening solutions. While these toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, and gels promise dramatically brighter results, they cannot typically deliver the promised teeth whitening results. Our team offers safe and effective in-office teeth whitening. We use the EZ- White Pro teeth whitening system that brightens smiles up to ten shades in just one short visit to our Arlington Heights dental office.