As part of the Smile Again concept, Dr. Giraldo offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. Some of the best options for a healthy smile include hi-tech composites, veneers, porcelain crowns, and whitening techniques.
Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. With composite fillings, less tooth structure is removed, which may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam (silver filling). It is a very conservative and aesthetic way of restoring a tooth.
A veneer is a porcelain restoration (metal free) that’s used to improve the aesthetics of a smile. Most of the time, very little tooth structure needs to be removed. The amount of tooth reduction depends on the position of the tooth, type of veneer, and method used by the dentist.
The use of a night guard, or splint while sleeping might be recommended. This will protect your lower teeth from the effects of the porcelain grinding on the enamel. Even if you do not knowingly grind your teeth, porcelain is damaging to enamel during even slight grinding of the teeth.. Regular cleanings from your dental hygienist are still recommended, along with regular dental checkups.
Full porcelain crowns.
This type of crown is mostly recommended for esthetics areas like anterior teeth. Since there will be a complete coverage of the tooth, more tooth structure is removed when a porcelain crown is done as opposed to a veneer. Dental crowns are a good choice in situations where the tooth is subject to significant chewing and biting forces. Crowns can be made of different materials depending on the situation and aesthetic demand.
As a person ages, the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral composition of the tooth since the enamel becomes less porous. Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs, and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications (like tetracycline) can also lead to teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel.
With teeth whitening, oxidizing agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, are used to lighten the shade of the tooth. The oxidizing agent penetrates the porosities in the rod-like crystal structure of enamel and oxidizes interprismatic stain deposits. Over a period of time, the dentin layer, which is underneath the enamel, is also bleached. Laser bleaching uses light energy to accelerate the bleaching process in the dental office. The effects of bleaching can last for several months but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient. Factors which will decrease whitening include smoking and the ingestion of dark-colored liquids like coffee and red wine.
We offer two different ways of doing teeth whitening. Depending on your convenience, whitening can be either done at the dental office to get immediate results or at home, which will take around 5 days to get the desired results.