How to Get a Whiter Smile

When you have discolored teeth, you may be spending time you should be having fun worrying about hiding your smile. We want you to have a smile that you’re proud to show off. Dr. Matthew Harrison of Harrison Dental Associates discusses your whitening options with cosmetic dentistry in Charlottesville, VA.cosmetic dentistry in charlottesville, virginia

Professional Teeth Whitening

When you think about getting a whiter smile at your dentist, professional teeth whitening is probably what comes to mind. Professional whitening has many benefits compared to over the counter options. Drugstore whitening solutions are one size fits all and the bleaching agent can come into contact with soft tissue, causing sensitivity. You may also suffer from blotchy and uneven results.

We offer both in-office and take-home whitening solutions. In-office whitening is ideal to get a quick fix, like if you have a big event coming up. In about an hour in our office, you can get a smile that’s up to eight shades whiter. We properly protect the soft tissue and use whitening solutions that minimize any sensitivity.

Take-home teeth whitening is a more gradual process. Impressions are taken to create custom teeth-whitening trays that fit your teeth perfectly. A professional-grade whitening gel is placed in these for even distribution. During your initial cosmetic consultation, Dr. Harrison will help determine how long you should do at-home treatment to reach your cosmetic goals.

Porcelain Veneers

Not all discoloration can be taken care of with traditional whitening solutions. Porcelain veneers offer a quality alternative to take care of staining caused by things like genetics or medication. Veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that cover the front and sides of the teeth. The material is designed to be durable and stain-resistant for a long-lasting solution.

To get veneers, we’ll first remove some of the tooth structure. We want to make sure the veneers lay flat and flush with the rest of your smile. Impressions are taken so that the veneers can be custom-made. When they’re ready, we’ll fit them to your teeth and make any small adjustments that are needed. Once you’re satisfied, we’ll permanently bond them to your teeth.

Dental Bonding

If you’re looking for a solution that’s economical and you aren’t ready for a permanent restoration, dental bonding may be the best option for you. The bonding material is color-matched to the shade of white you desire. It’s also malleable and is able to take care of cosmetic chips while whitening your teeth.

For dental bonding, a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed to ensure the material adheres to the tooth. It’ll be molded to match the natural shape of the tooth, blending in seamlessly. When you’re happy, the bonding material is cured and hardened with a special light. It’s then polished to match the natural sheen of the rest of your teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Charlottesville, Virginia

We’re ready to help you get the whiter smile that you’ve dreamed of. Call us or schedule an appointment online.