When you have discolored teeth, it makes you want to hide your smile. We want you to have a smile that you’re excited to show off! Luckily there are many options to get whiter teeth. Dr. Andrew C. Cobb, a provider of cosmetic dentistry in Washington DC, discusses the options available at our office.
Professional Teeth Whitening
This is probably what you think of when you think about getting your teeth whitened at the dentist. Professional teeth whitening has many benefits over drugstore options. Over the counter products are often one size fits all and can provide uneven, blotchy results. If the bleaching agent comes into contact with your gums, it can cause sensitivity as well.
At our office, we offer options for both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. In-office whitening is ideal for when you need your teeth whitened quickly before an event. In an hour at our office, you can get teeth that are up to eight shades whiter. We use professional whitening gels and techniques that minimize sensitivity while providing impressive results.
At-home teeth whitening is a more gradual process. We start with impressions to make customized whitening trays that are specific for your teeth. A professional-grade whitening gel is placed in the trays to evenly coat your teeth. You’ll wear the trays for a few hours each night and your dentist will give you an idea of how long you’ll need to do this. We make sure to advise you so that you’ll get the optimal results.
Sometimes, traditional teeth-whitening methods aren’t enough to treat certain discoloration and staining. Porcelain veneers can be a solution for teeth that are stained by genetics or certain medications. Veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that go over the front and sides of your teeth. The material is designed to be durable and stain-resistant for a long-lasting restoration.
To get veneers, we’ll first remove some of your tooth structure. This is so the veneers will lay flat and flush with the rest of your smile. Impressions are taken and the veneers are made to fit your teeth. We’ll fit them to make sure that they both look and feel the way you want. Once you’re satisfied, we’ll permanently bond them to your teeth.
If you’re looking for an economical and aren’t ready to commit to a permanent solution, dental bonding may be the best option for you. The bonding material is made of a moldable composite resin that’s color-matched to the shade of white you desire. Since the material is malleable, small chips and cracks can be treated while you’re getting a whiter smile.
For dental bonding, a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed so that the bonding material can adhere properly to your teeth. It’s sculpted to your tooth so that it looks natural. When you’re happy with the result, a special light will be used to cure and harden the material. It’s then polished so that it matches the sheen of your natural teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington DC
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