Cosmetic Dentistry in Harrisburg, PA
CONSIDERING A MAKEOVER?
Start with your SMILE!
A smile is understood in every language!
Improving your smile is as easy as deciding what you like about your smile and what you would like to change! We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns. Drs. Shirley & Ditty utilize the latest technology and materials to create beautiful smiles. Contact us today for a personal consultation.
Whitening - including Zoom!
Whitening is the procedure of making teeth whiter by lightening tooth discolorations resulting in a more attractive smile. Drs. Shirley & Ditty use two methods of tooth whitening: Zoom! and passive tray whitening.
Zoom! is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It's safe, effective, and fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual or those looking for immediate results. The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! Whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You'll be amazed with the results. Take home whitening trays and gel are included in the treatment to assist in maintaining maximum results.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which custom whitening trays are fabricated. A whitening gel is placed in these trays and the trays are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight, as directed by your provider. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Different strengths of gel may be used, as prescribed by your doctor, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months, per your provider's instructions.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed, and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
If you want to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer here at Shirley & Ditty,
then call our Harrisburg dental office today at (717) 657-0934!