Veneers (Porcelain) – One method to improve the appearance of anterior teeth, that may be unattractive due to poor colouration, gaps, or mal-alignment, is with porcelain veneers. These are thin facings made of porcelain (like false finger nails), that are cemented permanently on the front of a tooth. They are more conservative than crowns as less tooth reshaping in required for a veneer.
Bonding – Like porcelain veneers above, bonding is another method that can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that may be discoloured or have unsightly gaps or be misaligned. Bonding involves either directly or indirectly, applying tooth coloured resin to the front of a tooth to improve its colour or shape.
Whitening (Bleaching) – Everyone’s teeth vary in colour. As we get older, teeth tend to get darker in colour as the white enamel covering the tooth tends to get thinner. Bleaching is a very safe procedure that can often significantly improve the appearance of darker teeth.
There are 2 ways we can whiten your teeth at Dental On Falconer. The most common and cheaper method is where we take a mould of your teeth and construct thin, custom made trays to fit your mouth. These are then worn by the patient an hour per day over a 2 week period.
The other method is “in-chair” whitening, carried out by our Dental Hygienist. It gives a more instant result and takes approximately 11/2 hours from start to finish.
If teeth have darkened due to the tooth dying and a previous root canal treatment, sometimes we can place bleach DIRECTLY into the tooth by a small access cavity in the back of the tooth. The bleach is left in the tooth over a week or so, with a temporary filling in the access cavity. After the tooth has lightened, the bleach is removed and the access cavity restored with a permanent filling.