Treatments for keeping your smile beautiful can seem a bit daunting at first--so let us help. Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry and Dr. Tyler have prepared this guide to get you started. The three treatments we talk about will turn that beautiful smile into a dazzling smile! They include teeth whitening, teeth sealants, and resin. 

Teeth Whitening

A brilliant smile radiates happiness, health, and confidence--it lights up your face, and your face is the first thing people notice about you! Professional whitening is one of the least expensive ways to brighten up your smile. At Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry, we have a few options to choose from – when you book an appointment with our Certified Prosthodontist  Dr. Tyler, he will discuss these options with you. Continue reading to learn more about teeth whitening, teeth sealants, and resin treatments.

How Whitening Works

Some of the more common causes of discoloration are pulp death (root canal problems), restorations, tooth decay, and trauma to developing teeth. The whitening process involves the application of bleach. Organic molecules get trapped within the dentin (tooth material below the enamel) or tooth enamel, staining the teeth. 

The bleach attacks these organic molecules rendering them colorless. Bleaching works on most stains—the yellowish and some brown stains respond best. Gray discoloration does not respond well to this treatment. Fillings and bonding material cannot be whitened. You will need to consider that when assessing how all your teeth will look if some are whiter than the ones with bonding or fillings.

Is Whitening Safe?

Yes, whitening is safe; the chemicals used do not materially affect the enamel structure of the tooth. Most teeth-whitening products contain carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. 

Teeth Whitening Options 

Whitening methods range from low-dose products you use at home to strong gels that only professionals can apply. A heat or laser may be used to intensify the bleaching action. At Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry, we will help you choose the right whitening method for you. We highly recommend a dental exam prior to whitening to ensure that the discoloration is not due to other health-related conditions.

Dental Sealant

Having a good oral hygiene regimen is admirable—however, you don't always get all food particles off, especially the plaque. Sealants prevent decay by filling in all the small nooks and crannies, protecting your teeth from decay-causing bacteria.

Typically, dental sealants are used on premolars and molars; it is applied to surfaces of teeth to help prevent tooth decay. The sealant forms a defensive shield, bonding to the enamel of each tooth.

Who Benefits from Teeth Sealants?

Due to the amounts of sugar and other plaque-causing foods children consume, having a sealant applied to prevent decay is an excellent choice. Also, adults without fillings or decay can benefit from sealants as well.

Applying the Sealants 

Applying the sealant takes only a few minutes. 

  • First, the hygienist will clean your teeth 
  • The teeth are then dried and "prepped" with a mild acid
  • A sealant is applied to the tooth and allowed to harden – often, a curing light is used to accelerate the process.

Sealants can protect teeth up to 10 years--be sure to get them checked regularly. 

Resins for Teeth: Resin Bonding

What Is Resin Bonding?

Resin bonding is another excellent choice to brighten your smile. It is a fast, minimally invasive process and an inexpensive way to get that dazzling smile. This cosmetic technique is typically completed in one session. The resin is molded and shaped onto chipped, stained, or teeth with gaps, then shaped and polished, making them appear whiter and straighter.

Many dental insurance plans do not cover this type of procedure–be sure always to ask if they will cover a portion of the cost, especially if medical necessity is involved.

Is Resin Bonding Right for Me?

Resin bonding won't correct an over- or underbite situation and is primarily for those who would like a cosmetic solution for otherwise healthy teeth. The composite material is durable and will last with minimum care. That means no need for special visits, only regular dental checkups and daily oral care. Make sure to keep your regular dental checkups. As a precaution, you should avoid ice or biting into hard foods.

 

Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry is very caring about our clients. Dr. Tyler's specialty in prosthodontics and his expertise in all aspects of dentistry result from being in practice for over 13 years.  Give us a call today to schedule your appointment and to discuss your options for teeth whitening and other treatments with Dr. Tyler.