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Enhance your smile
Teeth are discolored or stained for many reasons. Tobacco use, coffee, and other food and beverages will cause stains. Aging, injury, excessive fluoride, some childhood illnesses, and the use of tetracycline when the teeth were forming will discolor the internal tooth structure.
Bleaching can remove many of these stains and discolorations. Some are harder to remove than others.
Patients can have their teeth whitened at home with a custom tray system. This involves taking impressions to make custom-fitted mouth trays to hold the whitening gel in contact with the teeth. They can be worn day or night for various lengths of time depending on the concentration of the gel and the needs of the individual.
The ADA does not recommend the over-the-counter tooth bleaching products that are self administered. Although these may cost less, whitening should be done only under dental supervision after an oral examination and diagnosis of the discolored teeth. Some of the over-the-counter products contain acids that will eat away the enamel of the teeth.
Whitening for Life
Our office is proud to offer a $99 whitening program.
We will make custom fitted whitening trays for your upper and lower teeth. This includes taking molds of your teeth and the whitening solution that will be used in your new trays.
It will require a quick appointment to take the molds of your mouth and then you will return in less than a week to receive your trays with instructions on how to use them. Best of all, if you return every 6 months for your checkup and cleaning you will receive a free tube of whitening gel to touch up your smile. It is like whitening for life!
Contact us for more information on our Whitening for Life Program.
Composite Fillings (tooth colored)
Composite resins can restore a decayed tooth or repair a defect, making it look just like a normal tooth. Composites are composed mainly of two primary ingredients: a binder of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles that give them a lifelike appearance and durability.
Composite fillings provide durability and resistance to fracture in small to midsize restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure needs to be removed to prepare the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than the traditional amalgam filling. Since composites are bonded to the tooth, they can add more strength to the tooth.
Veneers are thin custom-made shells made of tooth colored porcelain designed to cover the front side of the teeth. They are usually made by a dental technician in a dental lab, working from a model of the prepared teeth provided by the dentist. This is usually an irreversible process because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth to make room for the veneer. Once the veneer is bonded to the tooth, the tooth is stronger than before the veneer.
Porcelain veneers can be used for:
- Closing gaps between the teeth (diastemas)
- Changing the color of the teeth
- Covering stained, badly shaped, or crooked teeth
- Reinforcing broken teeth
- Changing your smile
You may have to avoid some foods or beverages that may stain or discolor around the edges of the veneers, such as coffee, tea, or red wines. A veneer may chip or fracture, but usually can be repaired in the office. Once bonded to the tooth, they almost never come off.
Minor Orthodontic Treatment
Dr. Webster can treat the following minor discrepancies in a fairly short period of time:
- Slight crowding
- One or two crooked or out of place teeth
- Straightening up a tooth before other treatment
We can provide a referral to an Orthodontist if necessary.