Cosmetic / Esthetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is the name given to a group of procedures that are performed to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. A cosmetic dentist can whiten teeth, replace missing teeth, and repair chipped teeth through a variety of cosmetic dentistry options, including tooth bleaching, porcelain veneers, bonding, porcelain crowns, and dental bridges, etc.
Teeth Whitening /Bleaching/
Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make over a smile. You can take your teeth from dull to dazzling in no time.
Tooth whitening is a popular and conservative method of removing dental stains and whitening teeth. Tooth enamel discoloration can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Some of the more common causes of tooth discoloration are medications, coffee, tea or cigarettes. People who drink significant amounts of cola soft drinks can experience similar staining. Damage to the root may also contribute to discoloration of a tooth (non-vital tooth).
It is believed that teeth bleaching is a result of the oxidation of chromogenic materials by free radicals of the peroxide.
There are two principal ways of teeth bleaching:
1. Professional teeth whitening at home
This is a more common way of bleaching teeth. We believe in the „take home whitening trays“ for the most predictable results. It involves custom-made bleaching trays and syringes containing a safe bleaching gel. Teeth bleaching gels for home use are usually of thick viscosity, pleasant-tasting, and contain carbamide peroxide at different concentrations. Tooth whitening involves two short office visits. The first one is for taking impressions for the custom-fabricated trays and the second one to pick up the trays and the bleaching agent. One needs to wear the gel-containing trays only two or more hours for a few days. The teeth bleaching results on yellow/brown teeth are most dramatic. The whitening process is gradual; therefore, you control the level of whiteness achieved.
2. Power bleaching
The most common teeth bleaching agent for power bleaching is at high concentrations of about 35 to 42%. Due to their caustic nature, these tooth whitening materials have the potential to cause soft tissue injuries and to be harmful for the teeth. That's why we are using concentrations of maximum 25% which usually are painless and totally safe. Therefore this way of teeth whitening is performed only in the dental office with appropriate apparatus and protection of the oral soft tissues.