Our teeth can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow colored substance that makes up the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Drinking, eating, and using various substances with dyes - coffee, tea, wine, cigarettes - can also contribute to tooth discoloration. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a shiny white color through the use of bleach.
Teeth whitening methods
Two popular teeth whitening options are available at My Mouth Dental. The first, in-office teeth whitening, produces a significant color change in your teeth in a short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the office by applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.
The second method, involves the use of take home whitening kits. These whitening kits are purchased from Dr. Montoya for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.
It's best to consult with Dr. Montoya and the My Mouth Dental staff to understand which whitening option is best for you.
When should you consider dental veneers?
- Your teeth are stained or discolored
- Your teeth are crooked or misshaped
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped
How It's Done
Two visits to Dr. Montoya are typically required for porcelain veneers. At the first visit, three important steps are completed. Firstly, your tooth is prepared to be fitted with a veneer, which will involve trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Secondly, an impression is taken of your tooth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneer. Finally, you may receive a temporary veneer depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed. This temporary veneer will protect your tooth while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well. It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and Dr. Montoya are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.
Call Dr. Montoya and the My Mouth Dental staff today if you are unhappy with stained or yellowing teeth.