A healthy, bright and beautiful smile enhances our appearance and gives us confidence and well-being. We provide a smile analysis as part of our new patient examination and we take the necessary time to address your concerns and fulfill your wishes. Our goal is always to give you a comfortable and rewarding experience using all that modern cosmetic dentistry has to offer.
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive procedure used to change the colour of tooth enamel that has become darkened or stained. There are many reasons that teeth may become discoloured including:
- Dark food or drinks – e.g. wine, coffee, berries, soy sauce
- Medication – tetracycline or some antihistamines
- Age – enamel often breaks down over time allowing the underlying dentin, which has a natural yellow or brown colour, to show through
- Genetics – some people naturally have brighter or thicker enamel then others
- Excessive fluoride – high doses of fluoride may result in white spots
Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to take into account the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
We offer both the POLA in-office and take-home whitening systems:
POLA In-Office Whitening
Polaoffice+’s unique formulation dissolves and releases the active whitening ingredient immediately to iniate the whitening process. By breaking down and releasing the perioxide ions fast, the whitening process is triggered and does not require UV light therapy to accelerate the process. Polaoffice+ contains the fastest bleach available to safely whiten teeth in 30 minutes at a neutral pH to protect your tooth and gums.
At your appointment(s) we will take a shade check and prepare your teeth for the whitening application. A gingival barrier will be placed to further protect the gums. A thin layer of the product is applied and can easily be wiped away. After your whitening treatment a soothing gel is applied. Impressions for customs trays will be taken for patients who wish to continue whitening at home or touch up their whitening in the future.
POLA Take-Home Whitening System
POLA take-home is a convenient tooth whitening solution that contains fluoride which remineralizes your teeth to protect against sensitivity and POLA desensitizing technology to protect the nerves and nerve endings in your gums.
Custom whitening trays to use the system will generally require two visits. At the first appointment, impressions are made of your teeth to fabricate clear plastic trays.
At your second appointment, you try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments are made if needed. The trays are worn with a special whitening solution once a day for 45 minutes for 10-14 days depending on the degree of staining and your desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, and our soothing gel can help with that. Sensitivity should subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions to take with you for your teeth and trays. Refill kits of whitening gel can be obtained from our office for when you want a touch up.
Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, and chips or cracks.
Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look compared to what has been available in the past.
Dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
- Worn enamel
- Wear and tear
- Abnormal spacing
- Uneven teeth
Veneers are custom-made by a dental laboratory to ensure they complement the shape and colour of your surrounding teeth and overall smile. They are made out of high quality, durable porcelain and, if properly cared for, will last a long time.
Generally the procedure will take 2 visits. The first involves preparation of the teeth, including re-shaping of the surface of the natural teeth to allow for the thickness of the veneer. An impression of the teeth is then taken for the lab and the shade is agreed upon by you and the dentist. Temporary restorations are provided for you at this stage.
On the second visit, bonding cement is applied and the veneer(s) are placed comfortably into the mouth. A special light is used to harden and set the bond. We will make every effort to ensure the new veneers feel just like your natural teeth and you now have a beautiful restored smile.
The BioClear system is a minimally invasive and cost effective treatment using clear forms which are filled with a composite material matched to the shade of your teeth. It is perfect for closing black triangles and diastemas or gaps between the teeth. It can also be used to build up undersized or peg laterals where the tooth has not grown to its full capacity making the smile line uneven.
If the enamel is healthy this may be an option to veneers.
Bonding is a procedure that can be used to quickly and easily cosmetically adjust the shape of your teeth. It can be used on teeth that are chipped or discoloured and can fill in minor gaps between teeth as an alternative to veneers in some cases.
The procedure consists of lightly etching the surface of the tooth and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed and smoothed to a natural appearance.
Bonding is a great way to greatly improve your smile in one visit. The materials used are not as strong as your natural teeth and can chip, but should last between 3 and 5 years with proper care before repair is needed.
Invisalign® can be your path to straight, healthy teeth and a confident smile. Georgia Dental is proud to provide this innovative teeth straightening option to our patients.
We have a page specifically devoted to helping you learn more about Invisalign®.
We are pleased to offer facial BOTOX Cosmetic® and BOTOX therapeutic treatments at Georgia Dental.
Please contact us directly to find out more about this service.