July 15, 2016
Professional tooth whitening is the most popular and affordable cosmetic dental procedure, and if you have always thought your smile could use a boost, call and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental who can determine if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening.
Your local pharmacy is filled with dozens of over the counter tooth whitening products, but those gels, pastes, strips, and mouth rinses will never do as good a job as professional tooth whitening will.
According to the American Dental Association, over the counter whitening bleaches do not have the same amount of hydrogen peroxide as professional tooth whitening products and will not give you the same results.
If your dentist has given you the okay for professional tooth whitening, if you have tooth decay or gum disease that will need to be taken care of first, you will be fitted for a custom set of thin plastic bleaching trays and bleaching solution. The custom fitted trays allow the gel to penetrate deep into the tooth helping to get rid of stains while strengthening your teeth. Your dentist recommends whitening each day for about 2 weeks to achieve the desired result.
Tooth whitening works great on yellow or stained teeth, but will not work on dental restorations such as cosmetic veneers, dental crowns, dental bonding, or dental implants.
After you have completed your tooth whitening procedure, your dentist may want to combine other cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, braces, or crown and bridge therapy. Your dentist may even suggest dental implants if you have one or more missing teeth.
Having a beautiful smile boosts your self-confidence while improving your self-esteem. People who like to show off a healthy grin are more inclined to be outgoing and happy with the way they look and feel.
If you would like more information regarding tooth whitening or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental today.
January 15, 2016
If you are constantly covering your mouth to hide your teeth, it’s time to schedule a no obligation smile makeover consultation with your dentist.
These days you do not have to put a second mortgage on your home to afford cosmetic dentistry. Thanks to modern 21st century dentistry, you can have the smile of your dreams for less than you would expect.
When you schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, you will be given a thorough exam making sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for any type of cosmetic dental procedure. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, those issues will need to be addressed first before any type of cosmetic dental treatment can proceed.
During your consultation, you and your dentist will discuss what you do and don’t like about your smile and what can be done to improve it. Sometimes all that you may need is a professional tooth whitening to give you that red carpet smile.
Another affordable way to improve your grin is with cosmetic bonding. Cosmetic bonding, also known as dental bonding, is an amazing cosmetic dental procedure that can fix chips and cracks or change the shape of your teeth. With cosmetic bonding, you can also fill the gap between your teeth, make them longer or shorter, or replace your old silver amalgam fillings.
If your dentist decides that you are a good candidate for dental bonding, the entire procedure can be taken care of in as little as one appointment depending on how many teeth are being bonded.
Because dental bonding requires little if any enamel removal it can usually be done without the need for anesthesia. Anesthesia is usually only needed for fillings or to replace your old silver amalgam fillings.
Before the procedure begins, your dentist will select a color from the shade guide that best matches your natural tooth color. Once selected your dentist will etch or roughen up the surface of the tooth or teeth that are being bonding before applying a liquid conditioner. These procedures help the dental bonding material adhere to your tooth. After the conditioner is applied, your dentist will mold and shape the bonding material before smoothing and sculpting into the desired size and shape. Once satisfied the material will be hardened with a laser or ultraviolet light. After the resin has hardened your tooth or teeth will be trimmed and polished to match the rest of your natural teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening or dental bonding.