What You Can Do about Yellowed Teeth

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If your teeth make you want to hide your smile, you should schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist. You can discuss what you see as your perfect smile, and our dentist will map out a plan to get your smile where you want it. Our practice has several options to make your yellowing teeth white again.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR YELLOW TEETH

Our top three ways to help your yellow teeth are:
Bonding
Veneers
Whitening agents
Each of these methods has different strengths and weaknesses. Learning more about each choice and talking with our dentist will help you choose the best way for you to whiten.

BONDING-
The process of bonding is straightforward and relatively painless. You will not need much preparation before the procedure and recovery time is not usually necessary. Many patients appreciate the fact that it takes one day. Bonding involves permanently covering your teeth with a resin compound and using lights or lasers to bake the material to your teeth. After the baking, your teeth will be polished, and any rough edges removed. The average time frame is between 30-60 minutes per tooth. There is no special care needed for bonded teeth; adhere to basic oral hygiene like brushing, flossing and dental checkups.

VENEERS-
Dental veneers are useful for bringing back your gleaming smile. The procedure uses thin layers of porcelain to cover your teeth, correcting discoloration. The process is like bonding, but you usually need two dental visits. One for measuring your mouth and planning the size and shape of your veneers before sending the plans to a dental lab where technicians create your veneers. Your second visit is when you get the veneers. Our dentist cements them in place and checks for any problem spots. As with bonding, veneers need proper oral care, but no particular treatments.

WHITENING AGENTS-
While there are many over-the-counter treatments for yellowing teeth, we will discuss the bleaching method from our dental office. For this process, our dentist applies a gel with up to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide on your teeth then used light to increase the whitening effect of the gel. The whitening process usually takes a bit over an hour. With this method, regular touch-ups are needed to keep your smile at its best.

If your teeth trouble you, do not suffer silently. Contact our office to explore your whitening options.

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Is Invisalign Express an Option for Me?

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Many of our patients receive Invisalign treatments. This orthodontic alternative to wire braces is popular for many reasons especially for being discreet, removable, and faster than traditional metal braces.

Recently we there is a rise in inquiries about Invisalign Express. This type of Invisalign is gaining in popularity because it only takes about half the time regular Invisalign takes to give you a beautiful smile. Most Invisalign Express patients complete their treatment in six months or less. The Invisalign Express system works just like traditional Invisalign works. Patients using the Express system have the same success that our regular Invisalign Full patients enjoy. Because of the positive buzz, many of our patients want to know if the Express option could work for them.

While it is true that not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign Express, our orthodontist sees many patients who are pleased with their Express treatments. For patients who experience only minor alignment problems, spending a year or more in braces is pointless. If you have minimal issues with crowding and spacing or if your dental misalignment is slight, you could be able to get the results that you want with Invisalign Express. Here are a few specific criteria that our orthodontist uses to see if Invisalign Express may be the right treatment for you:

• 1.5 mm or less of expansion required per arch
• 2 mm or less of crowding or spacing per arch
• 2 mm or less of midline correction needed
• Nominal rotation of the front teeth

Our patients find that Invisalign Express mirrors the full Invisalign system in several ways. The clear plastic alignment trays fit and work the same as regular Invisalign. Just as with Invisalign Full, you must wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day. Our office would like you to schedule regular progress checks and get new aligners on schedule, and we suggest that you ascribe to the same high level of oral hygiene as our patients with Invisalign Full. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once or more every day. Additionally, you must clean and care for your aligner trays as directed to get optimal results.

If you think that Invisalign Express is the right treatment for you, stop by our office to learn more.