Even if you brush and floss your teeth everyday, your smile may not be as bright as you want it to be. This can happen for a number of reasons including consuming coffee, tea, red wine or due to age, medications, and previous trauma. Teeth whitening is a simple, safe process that can be done in the office or at home using whitening trays.
The take home whitening kit uses tray whitening which produces more gradual results. First, an impression of your mouth is taken in our office to create a customized clear tray. Within a few days, the trays are ready and the patient can start whitening. The patient must follow instructions for how to apply the gel to the trays and how often to use it in order to get the maximum whitening results.
Bonding is a the best way to repair teeth that are slightly chipped, discolored or crooked, while preserving as much of your natural teeth as possible. During the procedure, a filling will be placed on the tooth to improve its appearance with a customized shade that matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Additionally, bonding can be used in place of amalgam fillings since it is much less noticeable than the silver-colored amalgam filling. A major benefit to bonding is that it matches the shade of your natural teeth, so it can be used in the front and back teeth.
Another common cosmetic dental procedure is veneers, in which a thin layer of porcelain or composite material is placed over the outside of the tooth. These are used to help with tooth damage or for cosmetic reasons. Veneers are used for the part of the teeth that can be visible when the patient smiles.
There are two forms of applying veneers: direct and indirect. Direct technique is when composite resin is simply placed on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This is why direct technique is most often referred to as bonding. With the indirect technique, a composite will be fabricated at dental lab after the first appointment. When the veneers arrive back from the laboratory, the temporary cover is removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. As these are custom made to fit, they will be more aesthetically pleasing.
Though you might not have heard of it it, our dentist offers BOTOX® services! Dentists already have a lot of knowledge of facial muscles and tissue, they are also highly trained to administer virtually painless injections.
BOTOX® is an FDA approved drug that is injected into various points into the facial muscles to smooth wrinkles and improve skin appearance. BOTOX® works by stopping the signals from the brain traveling up and preventing you from signals from the nerves to the muscles and this keeps the nerves from contracting, softening the appearance of wrinkles. BOTOX® procedures can last anywhere from three to six months and they require periodic visits to maintain best results.
BOTOX® is a prescribed therapy and may not be for everyone, which is why you should talk to your Generations family dentist to figure out what the best course of action is for you.
JUVÉDERM® is similar to BOTOX® in that it helps smooth out the wrinkles on your face, however they both work on different types of wrinkles. JUVÉDERM® is mostly used for nose to mouth folds, mouth to chin folds, frown lines, upper lip, and the cheekbones. JUVÉDERM® is an FDA- approved cosmetic procedure that is hyaluronic acid based. It’s considered a dermal filler, which helps diminish fine lines, adds volume/fullness back into the face, and can be used as a lip filler.
Receiving facial filler procedures at the dentist may sound questionable, however our dentists are extremely knowledgeable in facial muscles and tissues and are skilled in delivering injections that are virtually painless.
JUVÉDERM® is a temporary treatment for aging and can last anywhere from three months to a year, depending on the person.