A beautiful smile is something that everyone wants. It can make you look younger and more attractive. If you are not happy with the appearance of your teeth, there are a few things that you can do to improve them. One option is to get your teeth whitened. Another option is to get dental bonding. These procedures can be performed on their own or they can be performed together to yield dramatic results. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of both treatments and why you should get your teeth whitened before getting dental bonding.
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure that can be performed in-office or at-home. In-office whitening procedures are done in a dental office. They are performed by a dentist or a dental hygienist. The procedure usually takes about an hour and can whiten teeth by 5-10 shades. At-home whitening procedures are done at home with a custom-made tray that fits over your teeth. You can either get the tray from your dentist or you can buy one over the counter. The tray is filled with a whitening gel and you wear it for 30 minutes to an hour per day. At-home whitening can take up to two weeks to achieve desired results.
Teeth whitening works by using bleaching agents to remove stains and discoloration from the teeth. The bleaching agents used for in-office treatments are stronger, which is why they can yield faster and more dramatic results than at-home whitening treatments. Both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments are effective on most types of stains, including those caused by coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, and aging. The results of teeth whitening are not permanent, since teeth whitening cannot protect against future stains, but they can last for several months.
Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of teeth. It is usually performed on the front teeth, since they are the most visible. Dental bonding can be used to fix a number of different dental problems, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
The dental bonding procedure is performed in a dental office. It usually takes about an hour to complete. During the procedure, the dentist will apply a putty-like material to your tooth and mold it into the desired shape. Once the material hardens, it will be shaped and polished to match the rest of your teeth.
Dental bonding is a less expensive and less invasive alternative to other cosmetic treatments, like dental veneers. However, it is not as durable as dental veneers and it is more likely to stain or chip. The results of dental bonding can last for several years with proper care.
Why You Should Get Your Teeth Whitened Before Getting Dental Bonding
When you are getting a smile makeover, it is important to get your teeth whitened before getting dental bonding. This is because the color of the bonding material will be matched to the color of your teeth. If your teeth are stained, the bonding material will be stained as well. Teeth whitening can help to remove stains and discoloration from your teeth so that the color of the bonding material will match the new color of your teeth.
If you are considering getting a smile makeover, talk to your dentist about whether teeth whitening or dental bonding is right for you. Getting your teeth whitened before getting dental bonding can help to ensure that you are happy with the results of your smile makeover.
Dr. Roman Fedorciw has been in private practice in Cromwell since 1991. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Association. Dr. Fedorciw has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Hartford County by Hartford Magazine and in the state of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.