When it comes to aesthetics for the anterior teeth, veneers and crowns remain the best choices when the color or the shape of the patient’s tooth require modifications. The veneer has certain limitations that sometimes force to move towards a crown to get more strength.
Bleaching involves depositing a whitening agent (peroxide) on the teeth. Dentists must use the right products certified for this purpose to avoid creating more problems than benefits. The whitening treatments offered at your local clinic must be supervised by professionals.
Dentists can use higher concentrations of bleaching products since they are used with custom gutters/molds that will limit side effects. The bleaching treatment can be carried out according to two methods: at home and in the office.
Whitening at home
This method consists of a treatment usually lasting for two weeks. It is advisable to wear gutters containing the whitening agent at night. It uses a slow-degradation product (carbamide peroxide) that is effective all night, but the maximum efficiency is during the first two hours. If overnight wearing is not possible, wearing for two hours straight a day is recommended.
Whitening in the office
Treatment in the office provides faster results than the one designed for home use. During the appointment, the teeth are isolated from the rest of the mouth and a whitening product that is relatively concentrated is used (hydrogen peroxide). The treatment gives the patient an immediate result that will need to be completed at home with gutters.
Composite and porcelain veneers
A composite veneer is a complete overlay of the front of a tooth. It is performed on the teeth visible with a smile with a predominance on the four upper incisors. It is available in several colors, and it is possible to perform a color gradation on the tooth. Its most significant advantage is its lower cost compared to porcelain, and its main disadvantage is its lack of transparency.
A porcelain veneer is placed in two appointments. It is often thicker than a composite veneer, so the dentist will have to “shave” the tooth to get the desired thickness. Following this procedure, a mold is taken, and a temporary veneer is placed. Visit www.carecredit.com/doctor-locator/General-Dentistry-in-BOSTON-MA-02116/Stuparich-and-Nouel-DMD/ to learn more.