Recent advances in dental materials now allows us to provide cosmetic enhancements that actually improve upon mother nature. Many people are concerned about the whiteness of their teeth. We can now provide a number of ways to actually whiten your teeth.
BLEACHING provides rapid whitening, but does require periodic re-enhancement. The initial cost is about $250 with enough bleach to last the normal person about one year. The bleaching agent we use is a 20% Carbamide Peroxide with Fluoride. The custom trays are designed to prevent leakage of the bleaching agent onto the gums thereby burning them. These cause much less sensitivity than the laser or ultrafast in office bleaching systems and they give you the ability to touch up your smile whenever you want.
VENEERS can not only whiten teeth, but the shape and arrangement of the teeth can even be changed. These are more expensive, but do not require re-enhancement to retain their natural beauty. Since Porcelain veneers can abraid or wear out the opposing teeth and cost about $1600, we usually recommend Composite Veneers which often look better and cost about $800 each.
CROWNS can also be used to enhance the shape and color of your teeth. They are usually reserved for teeth that are already in disrepair or that require more coverage of the tooth to provide additional strength. These usually cost about $1600. There are times, however, when we recommend large white fillings if the placement of the crown will compromise the longevity of the tooth.