Pittsburgh Cosmetic Dentist
Even a naturally beautiful smile is susceptible to stains and damage. Luckily, much of the wear and tear your teeth experience can be remedied with simple, yet effective, cosmetic dentistry treatments. Smile your brightest with in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments from North Hills Family Dental. And for a more comprehensive smile makeover, ask about our porcelain and composite veneers.
In-Office and Take-Home
If you regularly drink coffee, tea, wine, or any other tannin-filled beverage, you expose your teeth to an onslaught of stain-causing chemicals. Smoking can also cause stains and yellowing, hindering confidence and leaving us looking aged. Luckily, North Hills Family Dental offers Kör whitening products to vastly improve the brightness of your smile.
In-office whitening treatments can leave your teeth several shades whiter after a single appointment. They’re perfect for patients who need a brighter smile fast and have about an hour to come into the office to receive treatment.
For take-home whitening treatments, Dr. Mauro will fit you with custom trays and the necessary supply of whitening solution to achieve your desired whiteness. He will then direct you on how to use the product and how long you should wear your trays in order for the solution to be most effective. Most patients notice a brighter smile after the first time they use the Kör whitening system. Full results are apparent when treatment is completed. Additionally, we offer special in-office touch-ups for more resilient stains.
Over-The-Counter vs. Professional Whitening
Is Professional Whitening Worth It? Yes!
If you’re interested in a whiter, brighter smile, professional whitening from Dr. Mauro at North Hills Family Dental we’ll give you much better results compared to over-the-counter (OTC) treatments. Here are just a few benefits of professional whitening from Dr. Mauro:
- Better overall results: Dr. Mauro will be able to develop an in-office or take-home whitening treatment that’s built specifically for your level of staining and the desired whiteness of your teeth. In contrast, over-the-counter products use a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and are not customized to fit your teeth or provide ideal results.
- Whitening your teeth with a professional kit or with an in-office appointment is much faster than most OTC whitening kits. OTC treatments that are ADA-approved use a very low level of peroxide, so your results will take a much longer time to achieve.
- Some OTC whitening kits have dangerously high levels of peroxide. If used improperly, these kits could damage your teeth and make them “chalky” and brittle, and can also damage your gum tissue. Professional whitening, on the other hand, is designed to ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy.
Porcelain and composite
From tetracycline stains to chips, gaps, and misalignment, veneers can treat a variety of cosmetic issues. Porcelain and composite veneers are aneasy-to-place, long-lasting solution to the imperfections of your smile. The procedure is non-invasive, requiring the removal of only a small layer of enamel from the front of the teeth. Best of all, these thin shells strengthen and protect your natural teeth while covering any unwanted imperfections.
The process for placing veneers is relatively simple. First, Dr. Mauro will prepare each tooth that is to receive a veneer by gently removing a thin layer of enamel. This makes room for the veneer and gives it an appropriate surface to adhere to. Local anesthetic will relieve any discomfort during this process. The doctor will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab where your veneers will be created. You will be fit with temporaries while your new veneers are being made. Once the porcelain veneers are ready – usually within a few weeks – they are permanently placed with a strong dental adhesive. You’ll leave your final appointment with a brand new smile.
Proper Care For Veneers
Avoid Common Mistakes
Veneers are very durable and long-lasting, but to get the most out of your new smile, there are a few things you need to do, and some common mistakes you should avoid. It’s important to brush and floss properly, and that you see Dr. Mauro for a teeth cleaning and exam every six months. Just like your natural teeth, veneers require cleaning to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Perhaps the most common mistake patients make while wearing veneers is chewing on hard foods (ice, nuts, hard candy, etc.) with their front teeth. Doing this can damage your natural teeth and it can also damage your veneers. Chew hard foods with your molars, not your veneers.
Avoid chewing non-food objects like pens, pencils, and fingernails with your veneers because this can dislodge or damage them. Using your teeth as tools to tear tape or open plastic bags is also a bad idea, as it can break your porcelain veneers. If you grind your teeth at night, make sure you have a night guard made for your new smile to protect your veneers and avoid cracking them.
The Lifespan Of Veneers
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The lifespan of your veneers primarily depends on how well you care for them. If you follow the instructions provided to you by Dr. Mauro, you can expect your veneers to last you for 10-15 years or longer. With proper care, your smile will look beautiful and bright for years to come.
Everyone deserves a confident smile. Whether you’re sprucing up your look with a teeth whitening treatment, or reinventing your smile with veneers, you can get the treatment that’s right for you at North Hills Family Dental. Call Dr. Mauro and the team with any questions about these procedures. We’re always happy to see you smile!
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