Tooth Whitening / Bleaching
Tooth whitening or bleaching can be a safe, effective cosmetic procedure when completed under the supervision of your dental office. Dr. Lobodiak utilizes the custom-fitted tray technique because of result longevity and less sensitivity issues. Some staining, such as tetracycline, usually does not respond well to any tooth whitening technique. However, bleaching for discoloration created by smoking, coffee, tea or natural aging can have dramatic results.
Impressions are taken of your teeth and custom-fitted trays are fabricated. You will be given professional strength bleach and instructions on the proper use of these trays. Maximum results are usually received within two to three weeks. If any sensitivity occurs, it can generally be minimized or alleviated with a fluoride gel or paste. Touch ups may be required on an individual basis depending on your personal habits.
Dental Bonding uses tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking materials) to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth.
Because bonding involves the precise placement of restorative material by Dr. Lobodiak, the procedure usually is completed in one dental visit. More complicated or extensive treatments may require additional visits; however, there is usually no need for temporaries or waiting for laboratory restorations.
A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the esthetics of a tooth or to restore a damaged tooth surface. Materials used for veneers may include composite or porcelain. Chairside veneers are designed and fabricated using composite material with same day results. Porcelain veneers are usually chosen as they are a better aesthetic and long-term restoration. They involve minimal prepping with an impression taken and the permanent restoration being fabricated at a lab. This final restoration is placed at a subsequent appointment.
Veneers are an important tool for the cosmetic dentist. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple teeth to create a "Hollywood" type of makeover.
Many people have small teeth resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have mal-positioned teeth that appear crooked. Multiple veneers can close these spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, provide a uniform color, shape, symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight.