Do you hide your smile when someone takes a photo of you or when meeting someone new? Time and genetics may have left you with a less-than-desirable smile, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it! A cosmetic dentist at Indianapolis’ Decatur Woods Dental can help you achieve the kind of smile that is unforgettably attractive — and it only takes a few appointments!
At Decatur Woods Dental, we offer cosmetic dentistry services including whitening, porcelain veneers, bonding, crowns, and much more. Find your smile, today! Call Decatur Woods Dental to request a smile consultation with Dr. Keller.
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Over time, your teeth will accumulate deeply embedded stains, in which case over-the-counter whitening products may be ineffective. When that happens, professional teeth whitening may be the best option in restoring your smile’s brilliance. It’s not just about teeth; having white, attractive teeth can take years (sometimes decades) off your perceived age.
Read on to learn more about the science behind teeth whitening and why you should choose chair-side whitening with your dentist.
A vast majority of teeth whitening systems are peroxide-based. Why peroxide? An interesting chemical reaction takes place once peroxide mixes with saliva and chromophores (teeth stains); peroxide breaks down into hydrogen, water, and beneficial free radicals. It is these free radicals that actually do the heavy lifting when it comes to dislodging chromophores from the teeth. The only downfall of peroxide is that the free radicals it produces (namely superoxide, oxygen anions, and perhydroxyl) break down too quickly, therefore repeat applications are necessary to achieve the desired results. But, there’s an even more important reason you should consider professional teeth whitening — the health of your teeth!
Most over-the-counter teeth whitening systems are either ineffective or potentially harmful to teeth. Strangely, it’s the ones that appear to be effective that you should be concerned about; many of these work by weakening tooth enamel in order to release the stains. This is a short-term gain that has the potential for lifelong problems.
Here’s why you should choose whitening systems from dentists. Professional teeth whitening systems use medical-grade, high-concentration peroxides. These products have undergone stringent testing protocols and are proven to be safe and effective. Many professional teeth whiteners also use desensitizing agents. This is important. Stain-causing chromophores somewhat insulate the teeth, so when these are removed without desensitizers the teeth can become overly sensitive to temperature changes.
Are you finally ready to have a selfie-worthy smile? Simply call Decatur Woods Dental to get started!
Are you looking to correct the appearance of a chipped or misshapen tooth, but porcelain veneers are outside of your budget? Dental bonding might be the best way to fulfill your smile goals. Tooth bonding is an acceptable treatment option for a wide range of cosmetic dental issues, including:
Teeth bonding works best in cases where a tooth has suffered mild trauma, such as a chip or a crack. If the tooth has been subject to severe decay or trauma, the dentist may recommend a porcelain crown with core buildup, implant-supported crown, or a dental bridge.
One of the things patients love most about tooth bonding is that it is relatively inexpensive. On average, tooth bonding is 70% cheaper than porcelain veneers, making it a solid choice for emergency cosmetic repairs. Due to their low relative cost to porcelain veneers, many patients will choose bonding while they save up for costlier cosmetic procedures.
Typically, all you will need is one visit with the dentist to have a tooth bonding performed. Compare this to the two or three visits that are often required with veneers!
Like all cosmetic dental restorations, there are some drawbacks with tooth bonding. For one, the composite resins used in tooth bonding tend to stain over time. This means you will want to minimize your use of tobacco, coffee, red wine, and other stain-causing foods and drinks.
Then comes the question of durability. Composite resins are less durable than porcelain veneers. But, with the relatively low cost of tooth bonding, you can have the procedure performed twice and still not spend as much as you would with porcelain veneers.
The budget-friendly alternative to porcelain veneers, dental bonding offers much in the way of esthetic enhancements but without the high price tag. The team at Decatur Woods Dental would be happy to answer all of your questions about dental bonding. Call us today to schedule a consultation!