If you've been thinking about teeth whitening, the Merritt dentists at Cascade Dental Care in Merritt offer you many options to brighten your smile, including veneers and bonding. Come talk to us about the cosmetic dental procedures available now to whiten and straighten teeth as well as repair broken or chipped teeth. BOTOX® has become very useful in dentistry for the treatment of conditions including bruxism, some temporomandibular (TMJ) joint disorders and much more.
Consider the following cosmetic dental procedures from Cascade Dental Care:
ZOOM!® Whitening is a whitening system which can be applied in our office or can be taken home and used over a period of time to achieve whiter teeth. The in-office whitening treatment is performed during one appointment and results in noticeably whiter teeth after just one session. The at-home ZOOM! Whitening system is available at our office for you to take home and use on a daily basis. You will notice your teeth getting whiter gradually within a few days.
BOTOX® is a natural protein which has been extracted from bacteria, purified and made into medicine which is used as a temporary solution for reducing fine lines and wrinkles from the face and neck. Recently, BOTOX has been discovered to be an effective treatment to relieve symptoms of TMJ and bruxism (teeth grinding), as well as provide comfort to patients undergoing dental implant procedures. In each situation, BOTOX is used to reduce the amount of stress placed on the teeth and jaw so that patients feel comfortable.
Invisalign® is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses custom-made aligner trays made of clear, smooth plastic to gradually straighten mildly crooked teeth. These trays are virtually invisible and very comfortable to wear over your teeth. Our dentist at Cascade Dental Care will change your aligner trays every two weeks until your desired results are achieved. If you want straighter teeth but don’t want wire-braces, speak to your dentist at your next appointment to see if Invisalign is a good option for you.
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged your dentist may opt to use an inlay or onlay to restore the tooth’s shape and function. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin (a tooth-coloured plastic material). An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is used when more substantial reconstruction is necessary. Onlays are similar to inlays but they extend over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the chosen material for inlays and onlays but porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can closer match the natural color of your teeth.
Considerations for Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth using high-strength resins, can potentially increase the strength of the tooth by up to 75 percent, opposed to traditional restoration fillings which could reduce a tooth’s strength by 50 percent. Inlays and onlays can last from 10 to 30 years with proper maintenance.
Bonding is a restorative treatment used to correct teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged, and are a great alternative to porcelain veneers. The bonding procedure consists of the tooth being prepared by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the shape of the tooth by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to create a natural-looking tooth.
Considerations for Bonding
The bonding procedure can often be completed during one office visit, and can improve the tooth’s appearance significantly. However, since the resin is not as strong as your tooth’s enamel, it is prone to stains, chips and breaks. Bonding can last up to three to five years before requiring repairs.
Porcelain veneers are made of a thin layer of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. Custom veneers are designed to look natural and require a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. When bonded to the teeth, porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea and other stains. Famous for their strength and close match to the appearance of healthy, white tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are a very popular restorative option.
Considerations for Porcelain Veneers
Your porcelain veneers are fabricated using high quality porcelains and can last over a decade with proper care.
To prevent damage to your veneers, avoid using your veneers as tools to open and cut objects. If your veneers are accidentally damaged, it is usually possible to replace only the affected veneer.