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Tooth whitening techniques vary from at- home trays and in office laser whitening. Although the results and lasting effects are similar, the costs can vary substantially. In order to keep the color of your teeth lighter you will have to periodically whiten your teeth.
Many attempts have been made to esthetically improve the shade of one's teeth. Bleaching has become one of the most requested services provided by the dental profession. The bleaching procedures have been proven safe and effective by the ADA.
The procedure for lightening teeth is often referred to as tooth whitening or tooth bleaching. Causes of tooth stains or discoloration are varied, and lightening techniques are chosen based on these causes.
Causes of Tooth Stains: Diets and habits can cause staining such as coffee, tea, or tobacco. This will cause the yellow to brownish stains. People can also get staining from medicines like tetracycline staining, dental fluorosis, or also dental trauma or injury, or a nonvital endodontically treated teeth. Also age as we get older the shade of the teeth is naturally gets more yellow or gray, and these patients can esthetically enhance the color of their teeth with bleaching.
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain or pressed ceramics which are bonded on to your teeth. Veneers create a spectacular smile make-over.
The tooth is first shaved down, an impression of the tooth is taken, then it is sent to a laboratory, and when the veneer returns it is bonded (cemented) on to the tooth.
Things that veneers can fix:
Veneers usually only cover the area you can see when you smile. This means you can have a whiter, straighter, and nicer smile.
Porcelain Crown - When a tooth is too decayed a crown is used because a veneer is not possible since there is too much destruction to the tooth. The crown will hold the tooth together.
Bonding - we can fill in areas to cover spaces, size and create a nicer looking smile. Bonding is like a filling it covers the areas that are missed shaped or too small.