We’ve all seen them in the stores — toothpastes that promise to whiten our teeth. Gels and liquids that promise to make our smile whiter. Disposable little packets that mold to fit our mouth, promising to make our teeth shine!
If it’s so easy to whiten teeth, why are so many people walking around with yellow and stained ones? What could be missing in all these promises? What’s missing are the professionals at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group — we really know how to get your teeth looking their whitest and brightest.
Good Candidates For Whitening
A good candidate for tooth whitening is someone who has healthy teeth, but a smile that has dulled or yellowed. This can occur simply over time, or from habits that have caused stains, such as smoking or lots of coffee and tea sipping. If you have teeth that were discolored by medication, our experienced team can direct you to a more satisfying solution such as veneers, saving you both time and disappointment.
Why Not Use OTC Tooth Whiteners?
Can over-the-counter (OTC) products be harmful to you? Some kinds of whitening toothpastes can be so abrasive that you could damage the protective layer of your healthy teeth, a much more serious issue than a dull or yellow smile. If you opt for OTC whitening kits, the chemical solution can leak out of the one-size-fits-all trays and onto your gums. That doesn’t sound fun, let alone very healthy.
The Process of Tooth Whitening
Buy your shampoo and kitty litter at the corner drug store, but leave the whitening of your smile up to a team of experts. What can you expect? We offer two different processes, depending on your circumstances: Zoom! treatment and standard treatment. For standard tooth whitening, two visits to the convenient Carmichael office of the Marconi Dental Group will have you all set. First, we’ll make a mold of your mouth and teeth. On your second visit, you receive your custom made just-for-you trays and whitening agents. You will leave feeling confident to use the trays at home, either at night or during the day. They will fit nicely and keep the whitener where it belongs, snug against your teeth doing the job to get your teeth looking fresher and younger. Is there a third step? Get out your camera and start snapping up pictures of the new improved you!
Veneers bring both cosmetic and dental health benefits to your life. Much easier to install than crowns, veneers cover the front of your teeth with an elegant, yet tough, porcelain shell. If your teeth were a house, this would be like installing fresh new siding – bumping up your curb appeal!
Enhancing your smile with veneers will require at least two visits to the qualified team at Marconi Dental Group. During your first visit, your teeth will be examined and reshaped to make space for the veneers. A highly accurate mold of your teeth is taken and sent to our private, on-site dental lab with your choice of styles and color.
On your final visit, the veneers are affixed using dental cement. At that point you’ll look in the mirror and see the new you! Our staff will go over how to keep your new and improved smile lasting through the coming years. Please make an appointment now to discuss with our trained staff about the benefits and ease of porcelain veneers.
Veneers do require some alteration of the teeth, so the decision to get them is a permanent one. But since they are durable and lasting, it’s a decision that provides years of enjoyment.
In addition to the options above, Marconi Dental Group also offers Lumineers and Snap-On Smile!
Lumineers are micro-thin appliances made with patented Cerinate porcelain, creating whiter, uniform teeth and a dazzling healthy smile. Because they’re as thin as a contact lens, your teeth will need little or no shaping before Lumineers are affixed.
Sturdy and long-lasting, they have a life-span like porcelain veneers, or even longer, depending on your dental habits. Installing Lumineers is easier too, requiring little or no anesthesia. While durably affixed to your teeth, Lumineers can be removed in the future, and your teeth underneath will be essentially unchanged. Lumineers are a bit more pricey than traditional veneers, but our dental group has many satisfied patients who have opted for Lumineers and are thrilled with their decision. Make an appointment soon to discuss this exciting option for making your smile the best of the bunch.
Snap-On Smile is a cosmetic and clinical dental appliance suitable for many patients who require:
- improvements to the smile, such as covering gapped, crooked, cracked, missing or stained teeth
- an alternative to implants or bridgework
- a more comfortable solution than a partial denture
- a perfect smile in no more than three weeks.
If your exam determines that you qualify to use Snap On Smiles, Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh takes an impression of your teeth so your Snap-On Smile will be a perfect fit for your mouth. You decide on the shade and style of your new look. In two to three weeks, your appliance arrives and Dr. Alizadeh brings you back to make certain you have a perfect fit. Snap-On Smile — truly fast, truly simple!