Bleaching or tooth whitening is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while other just want to make their teeth whiter or brighter.
Discoloration can be caused by medication, food,coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be hereditary or simply due to getting older.
Bleaching can be performed by your dentist in the office or, at home under dental supervision,. Many patients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient. Treatment begins when your dentist creates a custom mouthpiece to ensure the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that your teeth are properly exposed. Typically, whitening at home takes two to four weeks, depending on the desired shade you wish to achieve. Whitening in the office may call for one or more 45-minute to one-hour visits to your dentist’s office.
Veneers: Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the colour or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven, chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked surfaces. Little or no anesthesia is needed.
Crowns and Bridges: Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. The dentist will prepare or reduce the tooth on all sides to create a slightly tapered shape and the crown is then glued to this prepared surface.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are false teeth cemented to the natural teeth surrounding the empty space. This is achieved by attaching caps to the teeth on either side of the space, which then carry the replacement tooth. Materials used to construct crowns or bridges include porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, gold or silver.