Cosmetic dentistry allows us to correct small defects that prevent us from having the smile we always wanted, which is usually important to give a good first impression.
Examples of these small defects would be slightly bent, worn or misplaced teeth, old fillings that have lost its original color, birthmarks or loss of teeth whiteness.
To correct these small defects we will use different types of treatments:
Veneers: A veneer is a small film that is attached to the tooth. It can be made of different materials such as porcelain (made in the laboratory) or composite (made in the dentist in a single session).
In recent years, composites (materials used for dental fillings) have evolved to get optical and visual properties that allow to perfectly imitate the color, translucency and shape of the teeth obtaining a natural and durable result.
Teeth Whitening: This treatment allows us to reduce several tones teeth color in one session or various applications at home using products that don’t irritate the patient gums. This way it is possible to obtain better teeth color during a long time.
Is the enamel damaged during whitening?
Not at all.
Is this treatment painful? Which measures have to be taken after a whitening treatment?
It isn’t painful, although some people may have some sensitivity after the first days, so in these cases, it is recommended to avoid cold or acid beverages during the beginning of the treatment (2 or 3 days). After a whitening treatment it is strongly recommended to avoid substances that may tint teeth such as coffee, wine or tobacco.
Is everyone available to do this treatment?
Yes, as long as he/she has a good oral hygiene with absence of tooth decay.
In which cases does it work and in which it doesn’t?
It works mainly on patients over 30 years old whose teeth have lost their original whiteness and have reduced it several tones. In cases in which there are stains or birthmarks in the teeth it won’t be so effective and it would be recommended to do a treatment using veneers.
How long does its effect last?
If the patient has a good oral hygiene, it can last 2 or 3 years.