If you are not familiar with veneers, a porcelain veneer is bonded (glued) to the top and front surface of your teeth and is made of thin ceramic shells. Porcelain veneers remain a popular option for those looking to get a beautiful smile quickly. They are simple and versatile so if your teeth are shaped wrong, crooked or badly stained, veneers might be the best option for you.
As previously mentioned, these veneers are crafted of thin ceramic so when they are bonded to your teeth, you won’t notice that they are not your real teeth. In addition, you can continue to enjoy your coffee or tea or even cigarettes, without the worry of staining. The thinness also allows natural light to shine through, so their colour becomes the natural colour of your teeth underneath the veneers.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin ceramic shells, roughly the thickness of an eggshell. They are customized to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. Placing veneers typically require two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the teeth will be prepped to accommodate the veneer. This involves removing a very thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. Next, we will take impressions of the prepped teeth, which will be used to make your veneers. Temporary veneers may be placed in the meantime. About two weeks later, when your specially-designed veneers are complete, they will be permanently bonded to the teeth.
If you are concerned with minor cosmetic imperfections in your smile and have healthy teeth and gums, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. If our dentists determine that you are a suitable candidate, we will use digital imaging to provide you with a wax-up, or representative model of how your teeth will look after treatment. Patients can take the model home to show others, and further develop an opinion of how they would like their new smile to look.
Just one or two strategically placed porcelain veneers can help you achieve an appearance of symmetry in your smile. In fact, your veneers may have others wondering how you were able to quickly achieve an effect that traditionally required months of orthodontic therapy!
Stubborn or intrinsic staining that fails to respond to teeth bleaching
Short or worn teeth
Chips and cracks
Gaps between teeth
Irregularly shaped teeth
Teeth that have undergone root canals
Bright, white teeth are a staple of a classic, beautiful smile. Fortunately, teeth bleaching is one of the quickest, most affordable ways to brighten a smile.
As part of our comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry services, Stittsville Braces provides teeth whitening to our patients in Stittsville and the surrounding Ottawa area. Whether you have a fast-approaching special event that requires you to look your best, or if you have become self-conscious about the colour of your teeth, we can help. Reach out to our dental office today to schedule a consultation. Our customized teeth whitening treatments can illuminate all the best features of your smile.
If you are interested in brightening your smile and have healthy teeth and gums, you are most likely a good candidate for teeth whitening. In addition to ageing, tobacco use and some medications, darkening of the teeth is usually a result of consuming coffee, tea, red wine, and foods like beets and berries. During a consultation at our Teeth Whitening Centre, you can discuss your unique cosmetic goals, and we can help determine whether teeth whitening will help you meet those goals.
Hydrogen peroxide gel is the key component in teeth whitening. In-office and take-home whitening utilize different strengths of the gel, meaning a higher strength can brighten teeth in a shorter period of time. Optimal results can be achieved in about an hour.
For immediate results, we offer in-office whitening as well as a take-home kit to maintain your beautiful new smile.
Take-home bleaching is also an option. We take impressions and make custom-fit trays for your mouth and give you a bleaching agent that you will fill the trays with. Each day you will wear the trays for 30-60 minutes without worry of damaging your teeth or affecting any existing dental work. You will continue to use the trays daily until you reach the level of whiteness you desire. Then you can use the trays occasionally as needed to maintain your white smile.
If your teeth are discoloured, then dental bleaching is an option. However, if they are severely discoloured, you might only have the option of veneers or crowns. We are happy to help you determine this when you schedule your free dental whitening consult visit with us. The discolouration is typically due to ageing, chemical damage or staining but our teeth whitening process can help you eliminate the discolouration and leave you with a brilliant, white smile. You can book a free consultation to see if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening.
Restore a dull smile
Brighten your smile
Correct mottled, yellow and brown teeth discolouration
After a tooth has had root canal therapy, we recommend placing a crown on the tooth. Root canal therapy reduces the strength by making the tooth much more dry, brittle or breakable with a loss of tooth flexibility. A crown can cover, protect and strengthen a root canaled tooth from the inevitable post root canal tooth fracture.
Crowns may be recommended for “cracked tooth syndrome.” Cracked tooth syndrome is a term we use to describe the recurring discomfort, sensitivity, or pain that is caused by an incomplete fracture or crack in a tooth.
You may have cracked tooth syndrome if you experience any of these symptoms:
You find yourself chewing on only one side of your mouth because it’s uncomfortable to chew on the other side.
Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures or too sweet or sour foods.
You feel a sharp pain when you chew.
The pain is intermittent rather than constant.
Large fillings or broken teeth may also require a crown. When a large portion of your tooth has been damaged or decayed, a significant amount of the tooth structure is lost, and you may not have enough tooth structure left to support a filling.