Discolored teeth are something that could make anyone self-conscious. They make you want to hide your smile instead of showing it off. Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy offer quality cosmetic dentistry in Silver Spring, MD. There are multiple options our office provides to help you take care of your discolored teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is the service you probably think of when you think of getting whiter teeth at your dentist’s office. It’s superior to over the counter teeth whitening because we make sure to customize it for every patient. Over the counter methods often are one size fits all. This can lead to uneven whitening and getting a bleaching agent on your gums, causing sensitivity.
We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. In-office can be used to quickly get a whiter smile before a particular event. It takes about an hour in our office to get your teeth around eight shades brighter. We use special protection to prevent sensitivity and other issues. We can also combine in-office and take-home whitening services so you can touch up any issues at home.
Take-home teeth whitening starts with us taking impressions of your teeth. These are used to make custom whitening trays that fit your smile specifically. Bleaching gel is evenly spread in these trays and they prevent it from getting onto the gums. Your dentist will tell you the set period of time you should wear them each day and how long you should do that. Your teeth will gradually whiten over a few weeks.
There are some tooth stains that are resistant to traditional teeth whitening techniques. Things like genetics and certain medications can cause these stains. In this instance, another option is needed. Porcelain veneers are a go-to option for this. They’re made of a thin shell of dental ceramic that goes over the front and sides of your teeth. They’re durable and stain-resistant, making them a quality option.
Veneers are a semi-permanent option to take care of discolored teeth. They can be color-matched to the rest of your smile and go over as many teeth as you’d like. A small portion of the tooth is shaved down to make room for the veneer. Impressions are taken so that the veneers can be made to fit your teeth specifically. When they’re made, your dentist will fit your veneers and permanently bond them to your teeth when you’re happy with the look.
Dental bonding is a cost-effective solution that’s often considered a less-permanent alternative to porcelain veneers. It’s a biocompatible resin that can be color-matched to your teeth and molded and shaped accordingly. A small amount of your tooth is removed to help the resin adhere better. The dentist molds the resin over your tooth. Once you’re both happy, a special light cures and hardens the resin. It’s then polished to match your smile’s natural sheen.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Silver Spring, Maryland
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