If your teeth are stained, discolored or yellowed, you may benefit from a Zoom! teeth whitening procedure. As a leading choice in care, Zoom whitening systems represent the safest and most effective way to lighten and brighten your smile! With a Phillips Zoom in-office whitening procedure in as little as a single visit, this innovative light-activated whitening system is able to whiten teeth a full eight shades brighter. The entire procedure, from start to finish, requires little beyond sitting comfortably back in the dental chair and is virtually absent of any risks or side effects.
As the number one patient-requested teeth whitening brand, Zoom provides patients with a range of whitening options that also includes highly effective home whitening systems. For patients who wish to learn more about the cosmetically pleasing results that can be achieved with Zoom whitening procedures, our office is happy to discuss every aspect of care and what type of treatment best suits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
What does tooth in-office ZOOM! whitening involve?
The complete procedure takes less than an hour, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session.The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The dentist or dental assistant then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration.The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, or listen to music.
The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
You will be given a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. Follow your dentist’s instructions for when and how to use this touch-up kit.
What does tooth at-home whitening involve?
At home treatments for tooth whitening typically requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions, or molds, will be made of your teeth to create perfectly fitted trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays to ensure proper fit – adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are then paired with a special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or an hour before bed for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is completely normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth. This sensitivity will subside shortly after you have completed your bleaching routine.
Composite fillings are the most widely used materials for fillings today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and often no one can tell the tooth has been filled!
Commonly known as white fillings, composite fillings can be contoured to resemble the color and shape of your teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and with proper oral hygiene, will last many years – giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for Composite Fillings
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Worn teeth
Whether for one tooth or for several, dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for dental appliances used to complete your smile!
How do implants work?
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist. Teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Why do patients get dental implants?
- Restore a patient’s smile.
- Replace one or more missing teeth – without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into a missing tooth’s space.
- Support a bridge or denture – making it more secure and comfortable.
- Restore proper chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
What does getting dental implants involve?
While having implants is largely worry-free, the process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
Initially, x-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. The dentist will numb the area, and the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months.
Depending on the type of implant, a second visit may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. After several weeks – allowing the area to heal – the artificial tooth – or teeth – are made and perfectly fitted to the post.
Because several fittings may be required, this step could take one to two months to fully complete. But after a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient!
A crown, or often knows as a “cap,” is a covering that covers the entire tooth – restoring it to its original shape and size. Think of a crown as a “house” that protects and strengthens a tooth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain are the most popular, as they resemble your natural teeth color..
Crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced.
What are the reasons for getting a crown?
- Broken or Fractured Teeth
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured Fillings
- Large Fillings
- Tooth has a Root Canal
- Cosmetic Enhancement
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds – or impressions – that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is created at our trusted dental laboratory.
After numbing the tooth, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once that’s accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement. Your dentist will then check your bite to ensure proper form.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate!
A great option for restoring or creating a confident smile, veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by our trusted, professional dental laboratory. Veneers are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile!
Veneers are often the perfect dental problem-solver! Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile, they can serve as an alternative to a crown – they are the ideal solution in treating many dental issues!
As with most dental restorations, it’s important to note that veneers are not permanent and will someday have to be replaced. However, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you an attractive, long lasting smile.
Reasons for Porcelain Veneers
- Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.
At your initial visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken, and finally a fitting shade will be chosen by you and your dentist.
At the second visit, your teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond. You’ll be left with a beautiful smile you can feel confident about!
Invisalign® has changed the face of orthodontics. Instead of wires attached to your teeth, your teeth can now be straightened invisibly.
- Invisalign® is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Invisalign® is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Invisalign® is comfortable. No metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, and less time in the dentist’s chair getting adjustments.
The Invisalign® process has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. However, only a certified dentist like ours can undertake this procedure.
THE INVISALIGN® PROCESS
- A set of aligners are worn for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position the dentist has prescribed.
- You will visit us approximately once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
- Total treatment time averages 11 months with the average number of aligners worn during treatment between 18 and 30. This of course will vary from case to case.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners — as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually — week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you’ll be smiling like you never have before!
*Invisalign is a registered trademark of Align Technology, Inc.
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