Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Teeth have an important function to perform in helping you chew and speak properly, but that isn’t the limit of their role. Your teeth are also a significant part of your identity, and their appearance can have a big impact on your self-esteem and overall quality of life. At Campus Dental, we recognize how important cosmetic dentistry is to many people’s mental health and professional confidence. As such, we offer a variety of advanced cosmetic dentistry services to help you achieve your ideal smile.
During this gentle non-invasive procedure, the patient’s tooth is lightly etched and coated with a conditioning liquid to facilitate optimal bonding. Then, the resin bonding material is applied (in putty form) to the surface of the tooth and molded into the desired shape. Finally, the resin is hardened with a UV light and final touch-ups are completed, as necessary.
Veneers cover a much larger portion of the tooth than bonding, so they’re a good choice for patients who have heavily stained or very misshapen teeth. Veneers are also more permanent than bonding, with an average lifespan of ten years.
Inlays & Onlays
Not all cases of tooth staining require significant interventions like bonding or veneers. In many cases, a professional teeth whitening procedure is all that’s needed to restore the bright white colour of a patient’s teeth.
Teeth whitening is a safe, gentle process wherein a dentist applies hydrogen peroxide (a naturally-occurring, eco-friendly compound) directly onto the teeth, lightening them in under an hour. Alternatively, the patient may be provided with fitted dental trays to use for at-home whitening. The peroxide reacts with the molecules that cause stains, painlessly lifting and dissolving them. During professional teeth whitening, the effects of aging, smoking, and coffee consumption melt away, revealing a beautifully clear smile.
We know that brighter teeth are something that we would all like and all of our patients deserve it! That is why we offer our whitening systems at a low rate so that everyone can have an opportunity to have a brighter smile, even on a tight budget!
Opalescence Teeth Whitening is our system of choice here at Campus Dental, due to their low incidence of sensitivity both during and post-treatment.
We are aware that many products, including the products we use in-office, are available online. We do not recommend the use of these products without the recommendation and supervision of your dental professional. Many of these products can cause burning of the gum and soft tissues, in some cases, it can be severe.
Take-Home System – Opalescence Go is the take-home system we recommend. It offers an easy-to-use tray system with no impressions required. You can use it right out of the box. It uses a 15% Hydrogen Peroxide gel that requires the tray to be worn for 20 min/day, anywhere from 5-10 days.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening
Opalescence Boost is a 40% Hydrogen Peroxide gel that is applied in-office by one of our trained dental professionals. Two to three 20-minute sessions are required for application for best results.
Dental bonding is an affordable and minimally invasive way to create a whiter, more even smile. Like porcelain veneers, dental bonding can be used to restore the appearance of cracked, chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
However, it’s important for patients to be aware that dental bonding is less permanent than veneers. While veneers typically last for ten years or more without staining or cracking, bonded teeth last about five years (on average) before the bonded material needs to be replaced.
What Happens During the Dental Bonding Procedure?
What are Teeth Veneers?
How Are Veneers Placed?
While your porcelain veneers are being fabricated, you’ll wear a temporary set of composite veneers to protect your teeth and give you time to get used to your new smile. (If you notice anything you would like to change during this time, you can ask Dr. Trotti to make the necessary adjustments.) Finally, you’ll return to the office to have your permanent veneers placed.
Do Dental Veneers Look Like Natural Teeth?
At Campus Dental, we also carefully customize each patient’s veneers to ensure they integrate harmoniously with the rest of his or her teeth.
How Durable are Porcelain Veneers?
Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are usually recommended when more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged. Unlike large dental fillings, which may weaken teeth by up to 50%, dental inlays and onlays strengthen teeth by approximately 75%. Owing to this enhanced durability, dental inlays and onlays can last from ten to thirty years before they require replacement.
Because inlays and onlays are typically made from tooth-coloured materials, they give the teeth a more uniform, pleasing appearance. For this reason, they’re a great replacement for large silver amalgam fillings, and they can also cover pits, fissures, and stains on the biting surfaces of the teeth. They may also be used as a less-invasive alternative to dental crowns in select cases of advanced dental decay.
What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays Made From?
What’s the Difference Between a Dental Inlay & an Onlay?
What to Expect During the Inlay or Onlay Procedure
Though treating tooth discolouration sometimes requires long-lasting interventions like dental bonding or veneers, this often isn’t the case. For many people, professional teeth whitening treatments can eliminate stains and restore a brilliant white smile safely, conveniently, and affordably. Depending on your preferences and the level of discolouration present, you can elect to have just your upper or lower teeth whitened, or your entire mouth – the choice is up to you.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
During both in-office and at-home treatments, a safe, natural whitening solution (typically containing hydrogen peroxide) is applied to the teeth. During an in-office treatment, a protective barrier is placed over the lips and gums, then a strong whitening gel is applied to the teeth in 20-minute intervals. Sometimes, the dentist will use a laser to accelerate the whitening process.
During at-home whitening, patients must wear a custom-fitted tray (that resembles a mouthguard) for at least 40 minutes per day over the span of one to two weeks. This approach gives the whitening agent enough time to lift and dissolve even deep stains. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to use your take-home kit properly, so you reach your desired level of whiteness without risking tooth sensitivity.
Regardless of which teeth whitening method you use, we recommend having your results “touched up” periodically to prevent future discolouration. We’ll create a personalized touch-up plan that takes your age, diet, and lifestyle into account.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Some patients may experience mild tooth sensitivity after repeated or intensive whitening treatments, but this symptom typically resolves on its own within 1-2 weeks. No evidence has been found linking professional teeth whitening treatments to an increased risk of tooth damage or decay.
Book an Appointment at Campus Dental
At Campus Dental, we understand that undergoing dental treatment can be intimidating – that’s why we make every effort to keep our patients comfortable before, during, and after their dental procedure. Arrange an appointment today to discover our gentle, compassionate approach to dentistry.