We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have can stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster.
Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like. At Primary Dental, we utilize a tray whitening system. This system is completed in two steps:
- We make an impression of your teeth to craft your custom whitening trays for you to use over and over.
- You place the whitening gel in the trays and wear them for a short period of time each day, for a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of about 4-8 shades.
Veneers are very thin shells, typically made of porcelain or resin, that are bonded to your teeth to improve the look of your smile. Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice because the translucence and color of porcelain is a great match for the natural appearance of tooth enamel. Porcelain is also stain resistant, ensuring a beautiful smile for many years. Resin veneers can also be matched to your natural tooth color. Veneers are bonded directly to the front, or visible part of your teeth. Veneers may be recommended to correct a number of dental situations. These may include:
- Teeth that are badly stained and will not respond well to bleaching
- Restoring teeth that are chipped, worn, or fractured
- Slightly misshapen or crooked teeth
- To close large spaces or a gap between teeth
The process of placing a veneer is less involved than the placement of a crown. The dentist will remove a small amount of the the enamel on the front and sides of the tooth. Then an impression will be taken and sent to the lab that will be making your veneer. The dentist will place a temporary veneer over the tooth to protect it while you are waiting for the real one to be placed. At a second appointment the dentist will fit, adjust and then bond the veneer to your tooth.
If you are having a veneer made of resin, it will most likely only require one appointment. Once the layer of enamel has been removed from your tooth, the dentist will then apply the resin material. The resin is soft and malleable at this stage so the dentist will be able to shape it to match your other teeth. Then the material will be cured into a hard veneer and polished to match your other teeth.