If you have discolored teeth, you may focus on trying to hide your smile when you’re out in public, instead of just enjoying yourself. We think you should have a smile that you’re not afraid to show off. At Brighter Smile Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we provide quality cosmetic dentistry in Sterling, VA, to help you get the smile of your dreams.
Professional Teeth Whitening
When you think about getting a whiter smile at your dentist, this is probably what comes to mind. Professional teeth whitening has many benefits compared to over the counter options. With drugstore whitening products, they’re usually one size fits all. This leads to uneven results and the possibility of gum sensitivity where the bleaching agent comes into contact with soft tissue.
At our office, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening options. In the office, you can get whiter teeth in the span of about an hour. It’s a good solution when you want to whiten your teeth quickly, such as for an upcoming event. One of our experienced dentists will discuss your cosmetic goals and determine how long the whitening treatment should take in our office.
Take-home teeth whitening is a more gradual process. Impressions are taken of your teeth to create custom whitening trays. These ensure even whitening and help to avoid sensitivity in the gums or soft tissue. We’ll send you home with these trays, professional-grade bleaching gel, and instructions for how long each day you should wear the trays, as well as how long the total treatment time should be.
Not all staining can be helped by traditional whitening treatments. Porcelain veneers may be the ideal option for you if you have teeth stained by genetics or medication. 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 to ensure a long-lasting solution.
To get veneers, we’ll first remove a small amount of tooth structure. We want to make sure the veneers lay flat and flush with the rest of your smile. Impressions will be taken to custom-make the veneers. When they’re ready, we’ll fit them to your teeth and make sure they’re comfortable. If you’re satisfied, they’ll then be permanently bonded to your teeth.
If you’re looking for a solution that’s economical and aren’t ready for a permanent one, dental bonding is a solid option. The bonding material is made of a composite resin that’s color-matched to the shade of white you desire. It’s moldable and malleable, so it can help to correct cosmetic chips and cracks while whitening.
To start, a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed to ensure the material adheres properly. It’s then molded into the shape of your tooth to look natural. When you’re satisfied, the material is cured and hardened with a special light. It’s then polished to match the natural sheen of the rest of your teeth.
Getting Cosmetic Dentistry in Sterling, Virginia
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