At our office, we provide several different whitening options to suit each patients individual needs. At your first appointment, we will discuss what your expectations are from teeth whitening to make sure the best treatment option is available to you.
One Hour whitening is the quickest way to obtain your pearly whites. First, your dentist will prepare your mouth for teeth whitening, by covering your lips and gums and leaving only your teeth exposed. Once your mouth is prepared, your dentist will apply the whitening gel onto your teeth. The gel is applied in three 15 minute sessions. During each session, the gel is activated by a specially designed light. Together, the light and gel penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration.
We also offer individually made, custom whitening trays with whitening gel. With custom whitening trays, patients will place whitening gel into their trays and wear them for a period of 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the strength of the whitening gel. The benefits of this procedure is that you can do it while relaxing in the comforts of your own home. Results usually take one week to achieve maximum whitening effects.
Join our whitening club. We understand that once whitening is completed, over time your teeth will begin to dull again, especially if you are a heavy coffee or tea drinking. Smoking can cause your teeth to yellow even quicker. To prevent your investment from being temporary, we offer a whitening club membership to all of our patients. If you have custom whitening trays made at our office, as long as you maintain your regularly appointed checkups, you will receive free whitening gel at every appointment. For those of you who have pre-existing custom whitening trays, you do not have to worry about having new ones made at our office. We will discuss membership into the club at your initial consultation.
Porcelain veneers are a fast, easy and permanent solution for achieving a beautiful, healthy, and well-proportioned smile. Porcelain veneers, also called porcelain laminates, are ideal for teeth that have spaces or those that are crooked, chipped, misshapen, or discolored. Porcelain veneers can be used to replace tooth structure lost from grinding or over aggressive brushing. In some cases, porcelain laminates can be used as a faster alternative to time consuming orthodontic treatment.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are laboratory made porcelain facings that are bonded onto the front surfaces of front teeth. Though they are very thin – approximately 0.3-0.5 mm in thickness – porcelain veneers are highly durable. They are an excellent way to mask dental imperfections like broken, chipped, misaligned, or stained teeth.
What are the benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a great way to straighten, close spaces, reshape, and correct minor misalignments of your teeth. Unlike resin veneers, which have the tendency to get darker over time, porcelain veneers are resistant to stains from coffee, tea, or cigarette smoking. Since porcelain veneers are lab made to fit precisely over your natural teeth, they result in a natural looking appearance and a comfortable fit.
Porcelain veneers also:
- Preserve the natural tooth structure
- Mask discoloration resulting from childhood antibiotics
- Repair fractured or chipped teeth
- Cover gaps between the teeth
- Correct misaligned or crooked teeth
- Last longer than bleaching or bonding
- Resist staining and chipping
- Have a long life expectancy
How long do Porcelain Veneers last?
Generally, veneers will last for many years. With proper care and good dental hygiene, porcelain veneers should last 10 to 15 years or more.
What is the process for getting Porcelain Veneers?
The process for getting porcelain veneers is completed in stages. During your first appointment, your natural teeth are contoured and a precise impression is taken. This impression is then used as a mold to create your porcelain veneers to the precise size and shape of your teeth.
At our office, our goal is to make sure you are happy and confident with your new, beautiful smile. In order to do this, we make provisional restorations that are the size, shape, and color of your future porcelain veneers. These provisional restorations enable you to experience your future veneers before they are permanently bonded, allowing you to preview your new smile and virtually eliminating the need to make any changes to the permanent veneers once they are in place. During a subsequent appointment, your permanent veneers are bonded onto the teeth. The process usually requires a minimum of two appointments.
Porcelain veneers require very little of the original tooth structure to be taken away, so the procedure can be performed using little to no anesthesia. For some patients, it is recommended that a whitening system, be used in conjunction with porcelain veneers to produce the best possible aesthetic outcome.
Placing traditional veneers requires the removal of a very small amount of tooth enamel to allow the veneers to rest naturally along the gums. Lumineers are a specific type of ultra conservative veneers, that require zero to little tooth preparation. Lumineers might be right for you. Lumineers are ultra-thin, so they do not look bulky when bonded to your teeth. Trained ceramists layer dental porcelain in much the same manner as traditional veneers to give Lumineers a realistic reflective quality. Since Lumineers are very thin, they may not completely mask certain problems.
Dr. Bharwani offers these cosmetic dentistry services in Houston and more. Contact us to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry practice.