This is what happens when you’re missing one or more teeth and you want to fill the gap. A bridge may be the solution to your missing teeth. A bridge is a fusion of multiple crowns, typically three, where the two ends of the bridge are fitted over the neighboring teeth next to the gap in your smile. The crown in the middle of the group is what fills the gap in the smile, and the crowns on either side are the support system. While bridges cannot be flossed like natural teeth, they can be brushed and receive deep cleanings during routine dental checkups.
Veneers are a thin shell that is shaped to cover only the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are best when used to cover cracks, chips, gaps, misalignments, and receive a brilliant smile. Veneers can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth for a seamless finish.
There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin in any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your dentist about the difference between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In office teeth whitening:
This procedure is performed in the dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire visit generally takes 90 minutes and you will see results immediately.
At home whitening:
- Tray whiteners
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dental office. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxy radicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all of your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes two days, although you may notice results in as little as 3 to 5 days.
- Paint-on teeth whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily-accessible whitening products over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
- Teeth whitening strips
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all of your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
- Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpaste and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
Having straighter teeth not only looks aesthetically pleasing but can also keep your teeth aligned and healthy. To get these results, you won’t have to contend with metal braces anymore. Discover what advantages Invisalign could bring for you.
The treatment starts with using 3D modeling and mapping technology, which in turn allows the Invisalign lab to dictate what path each of your teeth needs to shift correctly. Each milestone will be marked with a new set of aligners. The aligners are worn for 2 weeks before moving on to the next set. You will return to our office for us to monitor progress and receive your next aligners. Once you have completed all the aligners your treatment is complete.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign also holds quite a few advantages over braces. With Invisalign, each set gradually shifts your teeth into proper place; while new sets may feel tight, they are preferable to the soreness that braces can cause. Plus, Invisalign does not require the use of spacers, rubber bands, or other preparations that braces require.
One of the top reasons that patients love Invisalign over braces is freedom for mealtimes. Patients with braces are restricted from some of their favorites, such as crunchy snacks, gum, taffy, hard candy, tough meats and more. These about these. Invisalign aligners are removable and are meant to be taken off before a meal and replaced after you’re finished. With your teeth free from metal pieces, you can eat what you want without any restrictions. Just remember to clean your teeth before putting the aligner back on!
Another advantage of Invisalign is time. Time is precious, as they say, but patients with traditional braces can often find themselves stuck with their braces for 2 years or more. Compared to this timeline, Invisalign aligners are a steal. The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12 to 18 months, a far cry from the treatment time for braces. Before you know it, you’ll have straighter teeth in less time!
Lastly, Invisalign is much more convenient to clean than traditional metal braces. It often requires special tools or flossers to get between wires and brackets for those hard-to-reach places, but this is not the case with Invisalign. Instead, the aligners can be removed for optimal reach, allowing patients to experience an easier time cleaning their teeth as their treatment progresses. You may find it suddenly easier to floss between teeth that had been overlapped before or can give a misaligned tooth the dental attention it needs.