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Porcelain Veneers

You can ask almost anyone, and they will tell you that they wish they could improve the appearance of their smile. Some people want whiter teeth, others want teeth that are longer, or to have that chipped tooth repaired. No matter what you want done, whitened teeth, a chipped tooth fixed, a gap closed, or a tooth lengthened, porcelain veneers can be the solution to your cosmetic issue!

You may be wondering what a porcelain veneer is, exactly. Veneers are thin shells that are made of porcelain and are adhered to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers can be designed by your dentist to be the shape, size, and color that you desire for your smile. A veneer is one of the easiest and least invasive ways to drastically improve the cosmetic appeal of your smile. 

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can correct that following defects:

  • Discoloration that cannot be corrected via a teeth whitening system (e.g. discolored teeth from prescription medication)
  • A gap between teeth that you want closed
  • A tooth that is chipped 
  • A tooth that is not long enough or appears too short

What are the advantages of receiving a porcelain veneer?

  • Veneers keep your teeth looking natural
  • Your gums are tolerant of porcelain
  • You determine the shape, size, and color of your veneer
  • Porcelain resists staining from foods and drinks
  • The procedure is minimally invasive 

Do you live in the Sidney, Ohio area and want to learn more about veneers? Dr. Van Treese and his team want to see you! Our team is always welcoming new patients who have a desire to improve their smile and oral health. To schedule an appointment, click here

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Teeth Whitening

In our previous blog post, Dr. Van Treese discussed many of the common causes of tooth discoloration. It is important to know why your teeth are discolored so you know what kind of treatment will work for you.

Teeth Whitening

Below, Dr. Van Treese, located at 2627 Broadway Ave., outlines the many options available for teeth whitening.

  • At-Home Systems: An at home system from Dr. Van Treese will make use of custom-made trays to fit your teeth. Your custom-made trays will be filled with a whitening product and worn overnight, or for hours at a time. Dr. Van Treese recommends using the system for seven to ten days to achieve optimal results.
  • Whitening Products Available in Stores: Products like toothpastes, strips, and mouthwashes available in stores will whiten your teeth, but not by much. This is due to a lack of bleaching agent present in the product. These products can lighten your teeth by just one shade. In comparison, the at-home system available at Dr. Van Treese’s office will lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.  
  • OTC Products: Unlike products available on the shelves, these products do contain a bleaching product like hydrogen peroxide. However, the bleaching product that is contained is in much smaller amounts than an at-home system.
  • Veneers/Crowns: As we stated above, teeth discolored by trauma or medications will not respond to products that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide. These products will offer you a chance to have bright white teeth no matter what the cause.

With the many options available for teeth whitening, it is imperative to consult your dentist as to what option will work best for you. Your dentist will be able to properly evaluate your teeth through a thorough exam, and determine what will offer you the best results. 

One common side effect of teeth whitening to be aware of is tooth sensitivity. Your tooth sensitivity should subside after your procedure is completed. If your sensitivity becomes too intense, you can suspend your treatment and restart once the sensitivity has subsided.

Contact Us Today For More Information

Want to whiten your teeth? Dr. Van Treese, DDS, in Sidney is always welcoming new patients, and wants to give you the smile you desire. Contact us today at 937-492-6984.  

Cosmetic dentistry is a rapidly growing part of the dental industry. Cosmetic dentistry is geared towards creating positive enhancements to the appearance of your smile and boosting your self-esteem. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, these procedures should also improve the overall health, wellness, and functionality of your smile. The most commonly requested cosmetic procedure is whitening.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the shade of your teeth over a period of time. As we age, our teeth naturally become discolored and are no longer pearly white. Common causes of discoloration include:

  • Age: As we grow older, our enamel breaks down and exposes more of our dentin, which gives our teeth a darker, more yellow appearance.
  • Food and Beverages: Popular beverage choices like coffee and tea contain acid and dark pigments. These pigments remain on our teeth in microscopic ridges. Foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Remember, if it would stain a white shirt, it will probably stain your teeth.
  • Tobacco Products: Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products alike can cause an increase in plaque and tartar build up, which, in turn, lead to tooth discoloration.
  • Medicines: Many medications that we are required to take, especially as we age, commonly cause discoloration.
  • Trauma: If you tooth gets hit, or is injured, it can become discolored.

Understanding the cause of your tooth discoloration is imperative in determining your treatment plan. The reason for this, is that certain causes will not respond to teeth whitening products and will require a different approach. As an example, if your teeth are discolored due to trauma or the medications you take, they will not respond to a whitening product that contains a bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide. In addition to medications and trauma, any fillings, bondings, crowns, or bridges will not respond to a bleaching agent.

In our next blog article, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH will discuss different types of teeth whitening options that are available in the market place.