Dental Veneers and Teeth Whitening are Bringing New Smiles to Many

teeth_whitening_in_mcglone-dental_denverCosmetic dentistry with dental veneers and teeth whitening are bringing new smiles to many people. McGlone Dental Care in Denver knows fixing cavities and broken teeth with veneers, and removing stains with teeth bleaching can change people’s lives.

Both procedures can drastically alter the appearance of teeth and enable people to show their teeth while talking or smiling with confidence and pride. With today’s improved dentistry, chipped, stained or broken teeth, as well as gaps in teeth, can easily be fixed and are painless.

Whitening Teeth

Bleaching teeth return them to a beautiful white again, getting rid of old stains from smoking, wine, coffee, and other things.

There are several methods used for dental whitening in the dental office, some even brightening your teeth up to eight shades. This type of whitening usually provides the fastest and best results.

There are also whitening treatments that can be done at home with custom-made trays from the dentist and whitening gel provided by the dentist. This type of whitening takes longer but can produce good results.

Teeth whitening in a dental office usually takes one hour or less, during which a bleaching gel is placed on the surface of the teeth for periods of 15 to 30 minutes. A high-intensity light is often used to speed up the process. Patients will notice whiter teeth immediately after treatment. 

Although results are immediate, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution to discoloration and certain foods, drinks, and habits like smoking, should be avoided. 

Dental Veneers

Veneers are applied permanently to the front surfaces of teeth to help improve its shape, color, and position. Dental veneers are tooth-colored shells of porcelain or composite placed over the surfaces of the teeth to correct uneven alignment, worn tooth enamel, spacing issues, discoloration, chips, and cracks. Veneer placement requires the permanent shaping of the host teeth. Veneers are custom-made by a dental laboratory and are applied to teeth with a very strong bonding glue.

Veneers can take up to six weeks, and two dental visits, each lasting several hours. The initial visit will include a diagnostic evaluation and color selection. Some dentists use outside labs, while others use CAD/CAM technology to fabricate veneers at the dental office in a single visit. Depending on your dentist, temporary veneers may be used between visits. A local anesthetic is administered to minimize discomfort. Veneers may need to be replaced after 15 years. 

If your issue is simply tooth discoloration, dental veneers may not always be the best treatment. It requires the permanent alteration of your natural teeth, and can be much more expensive than whitening options. 

The average cost of teeth whitening in a dental office is around $650. Composite veneers can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,500 per tooth, and porcelain veneers cost between $950 and $2,500 per tooth. 

When people have a beautiful smile they are more confident in every facet of their lives. McGlone Dental Care in Denver says in addition to dental veneers and teeth whitening bringing new smiles to many, smile improving procedures include fillings that are tooth-colored, braces, dental implants, bonding, and dentures.

Dentist Visits Can Be Less Painful With These Helpful Innovations

mcglone dental denverDentist visits can be less painful with these helpful innovations in technology, many of which are used by McGlone Dental Care in Denver.

Dentists on the front line of dental innovations are using digital technology to plan and create inlays, crowns, bridges, onlays, veneers, dentures, full-mouth reconstructions, and orthodontic work. Using digital technology can be faster and longer-lasting than traditional methods.

CAD/CAM Technology
One technology uses computer-aided design, (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing, (CAM).

CAD designs use detailed two-dimensional  or three-dimensional models of physical objects. CAM uses computers to control, monitor, and adjust the tools and machinery to produce the parts. The CAD/CAM technology is seen as more accurate, flexible, and patient-friendly.

CAD/CAM machines used in dentistry can be expensive with systems starting at around $80,000 and upward to nearly $130,000. But it is expected that the number of CAD/CAM dentists will grow as more dentists become trained to use the technology.

A CAD/CAM system can use a digital impression to create a crown faster, usually allowing completion in one visit and does not need the temporary crown with a return visit.

But there is even more digital technology helping dentists care for their patients.

3-D Images
Forget the old dental ways, now dentists can use a handheld digital scanner to take 3-D images in seconds. These scanners provide a more precise map of a mouth, without the goop of old impressions. They also are able to limit the image-taking to a small area, compared with traditional dental x-rays, thereby minimizing the radiation exposure. Three-dimensional imaging also improves diagnosis and treatment in complicated cases and improves accuracy. It also increases safety and comfort.

Oral surgery is also improved with computers providing graphics for incisions and implants. The new digital dental treatments allow precision, predictability and have fewer complications.

Computers have also changed orthodontia. Traditional metal braces are painful and take longer. Computer-designed, clear tooth aligners such as Invisalign reduces the time and the discomfort. Metal braces also require a careful diet, whereas aligners can be taken off for eating and teeth cleaning. Aligners aren’t available yet for severely crowded teeth and may not be as good for those with overbites or underbites.

Dentures as well are changing due to digital technology. Dentures can be designed and milled by computers and can be faster and fit better.

3-D Printing
Three-dimensional printers might someday help change dentistry as well. As this technology improves, the costs of 3-D printers should decrease in cost. The 3-D printers will allow dentists to keep the work in-house and can get dental devices, like orthodontic aligners, into patient’s mouths faster. This will also reduce the need for patients to make multiple visits.

Technology is allowing the dentist to control the entire procedure, which will make it a faster, cheaper, more accurate, and streamline the process.

The 3-D technology will hopefully and eventually help patients with jaw defects resulting from cancer or trauma.

Amazing new technology promotes dentist visits that can be less painful with these helpful innovations. Digital technology is the wave of the future for dental care, improving speed, accuracy, and the comfort of patients. At McGlone Dental Care in Denver, we’re implementing many of these technologies to make your visits much more pleasant.