There are many dental procedures available that can improve the appearance of your smile, from subtle changes to major recontouring. We can treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, missing, misshapen, or poorly aligned. If you have concerns about the appearance of your smile, come talk with us about the options available to you.
Teeth Whitening And Bleaching
Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your smile. Whether done at home or in the dental office, you can erase the stains caused by food and drink as well as the aging process.
For those patients who prefer to do their whitening at home, we offer a tray-delivered whitening system. This teeth whitening system requires an initial office visit, where we will take impressions of your teeth to make customized whitening trays. We will then send you home with a carbamide peroxide whitening solution to use with your trays.
Although it depends on the strength of solution and the amount of time you choose to wear your trays, most patients achieve the results they are looking for within two weeks.
If you prefer the convenience of in-office whitening, you can achieve similar results within a single appointment. Call us now for an appointment, and we can help you decide which of these options is right for you.
Bonding is a resin that is used to correct crooked teeth, close minor gaps, lighten stains, or restore decayed teeth. Preparation for bonding involves light etching on the surface of a tooth, followed by the bonding resin placed on top. The resin is sculpted, colored and shaped to improve your smile. Once cured with a high-intensity curing light, the surface is polished.
Tooth bonding is convenient, often completed in one visit, and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years or even longer before need of repair.
Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain that are custom made at a dental laboratory and bonded to the front of teeth. Much more conservative than traditional crowns, veneers are an excellent way to create beautiful smiles.
Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Worn teeth
- Teeth with jagged or uneven edges
- Front teeth with large, existing composite fillings
Porcelain veneers can be completed in about three dental visits at Laurelhurst Dentistry. This involves a consultation, preparation of your teeth, and impressions which will be sent to the dental laboratory where your veneers will be made. The veneers will then be placed and bonded to your teeth during the third visit.
Veneers require the same type and amount of care as regular teeth. Brushing twice daily and flossing once a day, along with regularly scheduled trips to Laurelhurst Dentistry, will ensure a bright, healthy smile for years to come.