Bonding, whitening, and veneers were the most popular cosmetic procedures reported by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 2013. Together, the above treatments were ranked as top procedures by 83 percent of responding doctors. Dental implants, short-term orthodontics, and dentures collectively were named as the most popular procedures by fewer than 20 percent of those responding.
John L. Aurelia, DDS, PLLC offers all of the treatments listed above, as well as alternatives, such as dental bridges and crowns.
It makes sense that bonding, whitening, and veneers are so sought-after by patients. Bonding and veneers are particularly versatile. Whitening can immediately improve your appearance if years of smoking, coffee- and tea-drinking or merely the passage of time has yellowed your smile.
Whitening is the process of restoring your teeth to their natural color. Some people have naturally brighter smiles than others. If you want to whiten your teeth beyond their natural white, you’ll need to opt for a bleaching treatment.
John L. Aurelia, DDS, PLLC offers Zoom! to brighten your teeth in-office. If you are looking for a more gradual change from the convenience of your home, Ultradent’s take-home system or the professional version of Crest Whitestrips may be best.
Bleaching is successful 90 percent of the time, according to The Academy of General Dentistry. Stubborn gray or very dark stains may not be effectively treated with either chair-side or prescription home bleaching agents. In these and other cases, such as sensitive teeth, bonding or veneers may be recommended.
Bonding and veneers can accomplish more than whitening, including:
Both bonding and veneers involve cementing a natural-looking material to the front of the tooth. For bonding, the material is a tooth-colored composite resin. For veneers, the material of choice is porcelain.
Bonding may be done in one appointment, whereas veneers are custom-fabricated in a lab and typically require a visit to prepare the teeth and a return visit to bond the restorations.
The same concern on two different people doesn’t necessarily mean the same treatment is right for both individuals. For knowledgeable consultation on a variety of services within cosmetic dentistry near Troy MI, call (248) 243-6044.
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