Archive for July, 2015

What is in-office teeth whitening?

Zoom teeth whitening AustinNearly everyone wants a bright, white smile. Many people associate white teeth with youth, health, and attractiveness. Since our teeth are porous, they are prone to staining over time. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, your teeth may stain. Dark foods like berries and beverages like wine and coffee will darken teeth with time. Smoking cigarettes and using chewing tobacco will also cause permanent tooth stains. To help patients reverse the effects of a stained smile, our dentist offers Zoom teeth whitening, a quick and non-invasive procedure that dramatically whitens teeth.

How does Zoom teeth whitening work?

Zoom teeth whitening consists of applying a prescription bleaching solution to the front sides of teeth and using a special laser to deepen and accelerate the whitening process. Before the gel is applied, protective gauze is placed over soft tissues in the mouth and lip balm is applied to the lips. Then a comfortable oral appliance is inserted into the mouth to keep the mouth open. The actual whitening process takes less than an hour.

What kind of results can I expect?

If you receive in-office whitening, your results are instantaneous after treatment. Your teeth will look dramatically whiter, and most patients’ teeth lighten about eight to ten shades brighter. If you avoid dark foods and beverages along with tobacco products, your whitening treatment should last at least a year. We recommend sipping beverages – especially soda – through a straw to minimize the exposure of dark particles to teeth. We also encourage you to practice proper oral hygiene that includes daily flossing. Drinking water throughout the day is a great way to rinse away debris from food and drinks that may stain your teeth.

Who is a candidate for professional teeth whitening?

Most patients can receive teeth whitening at our practice. Since we use protective materials and safe bleaching agents, a whitening treatment will not harm the health of teeth.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call our practice today to schedule an informative consultation.

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How durable are porcelain veneers?

veneers north AustinDo you want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry? Do you want to conceal or correct permanent stains and misaligned teeth? If you have multiple cosmetic problem areas, porcelain veneers might be the best option for you to achieve the smile of your dreams.

A cosmetically flawed smile can greatly affect your self-esteem. Many patients with noticeable imperfections are very self-conscious about their appearance and even avoid social situations because they are embarrassed about their teeth. Fortunately, veneers conceal every imaginable imperfection without looking unnatural. Since each veneer is handcrafted from porcelain, these cosmetic enhancements can last for decades with proper care.

Can you eat normal foods with veneers?

Patients with veneers can eat any food with ease. This is because veneers are permanently cemented to the front of teeth. Patients who have veneers will clean their teeth as normal with regular brushing and flossing.

How can porcelain veneers improve my smile?

Razor thin pieces of porcelain are crafted by hand in dental laboratories to very precise specifications. Each veneer is shaped and sized to fit over a specific tooth. This means that once a veneer is bonded to the teeth, it will perfectly enhance a patient’s appearance by concealing a stained, misshapen, or misaligned tooth. Once all veneers are placed, patients will enjoy a straight and uniform smile that is a beautiful shade of white.

Who should receive veneers?

Our dentist offers a few different types of cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening and white restorations. Veneers are typically reserved for patients who suffer with different types of smile flaws. While this smile enhancement is incredibly effective in improving one’s appearance, it is not right for everyone. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our team to determine the best procedure(s) that meets your unique needs. At your appointment, we will discuss how you would like to see improvement in your appearance and explain how different procedures can help you achieve your goals.

We believe that patients should not have to suffer with an imperfect smile. To schedule an appointment with our compassionate and experienced team, call Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today.

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