Fixing a chipped tooth, cracked tooth or a gap in your teeth is fast, easy and affordable with dental bonding. Dental bonding can also be used to improve the appearance of slightly discolored teeth and to change the shape of teeth, but it is typically recommended only for small cosmetic changes. Unlike other cosmetic treatments, dental bonding can be performed with little to no advance preparation. Dental bonding is also convenient and durable, taking just 30-60 minutes per tooth and lasting from 3-10 years.
Do you look back at pictures from your childhood and wish you still had such nice white teeth? Discoloration of the teeth is a normal part of aging. The problem can become even more pronounced when you drink coffee or soda, smoke tobacco products, eat a lot of dark-colored foods, or use specific types of medication. The good news is that you can get that bright smile again with professional teeth whitening available at Root Dental. The professional grade teeth whitening kits produce excellent results and can be used to touch-up after every professional hygiene care appointment.
You will need two short appointments at Root Dental to initiate the at-home whitening treatment. Initially, we need to be sure you are a candidate for the procedure and there is no dental work that need be considered prior to whitening. Dental materials will not whiten. If so, Dr. Root’s assistant will take an impression of your teeth and use the cast mold to create a customized clear plastic tray that fits perfectly in your mouth.
Once we fabricate your whitening trays, we will contact you to come in for the second appointment. We check the custom fit, dispense the appropriate Opalescence whitening gel and demonstrate the at-home treatment steps listed below with you. You will begin to see result after your first treatment.
Step 1: Brush teeth before whitening. Load trays by expressing one continuous bead of gel approximately halfway up the face side of the trays from molar to molar. This should use about 1/4 - 1/3 of a syringe per tray.
Step 2: Insert the trays in your mouth and lightly tap it to adapt the sides to your teeth. If you have excess gel that flows over the top of trays onto the gum tissue, remove it with a moistened q-tip or tissue. This will help prevent gum irritation. You should not eat or drink anything while you are wearing the gel-filled trays. We recommend whitening for 1 week. Wear time depends on which concentration of Opalescence you use.
· Opalescence 10%: 8–10 hours or overnight
· Opalescence 20% 2-4 hours
· Opalescence 35%: 30 minutes
Step 3: Remove the trays and use a soft toothbrush to clean any excess gel from your teeth. Rinse your mouth being sure not to swallow rinsed gel.
Step 4: Clean trays with a soft brush and cool tap water. Store the trays on their models when not in use. This will help them keep their shape in the case that came with your kit. These steps can be repeated daily for up to 10 days for the initial treatment. We recommend that you do a touch up whitening procedure each time you have your teeth professionally cleaned.
Years ago, smile makeovers involved multiple dental treatments over a period of several months. That's no longer the case, thanks to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra thin shells made of translucent porcelain that can be bonded to your teeth for cosmetic purposes. Extremely versatile and durable, porcelain veneers are an excellent option whether you want a total smile makeover or need to cover a chipped tooth, mask a cracked tooth, or close gaps between your teeth. They require little to no prepping and can often be applied in just one dental visit!