San Francisco, Marin, and Oakland, CA
From deep cleaning your home to reorganizing closets, spring is a time to refresh and renew. But did you know that your smile may need a refresh too? Treat your smile like your home this spring and make it sparkle. Our Bay area cosmetic dentists at Glen Park Dental share on the blog today three ways to brighten your teeth this spring so that your smile shines.
Dental bonding is the process of using a tooth-colored resin to reshape or cover the tooth’s surface. The resin becomes hard when exposed to a special ultraviolet light and is then shaped and polished to match the natural look of your surrounding teeth. Our cosmetic dentists in Marin explain that dental bonding could be the right choice for patients who have a few minor cosmetic dental issues needing improvement. In addition, the method requires only one dental visit and is a cost-effective way to brighten your smile. In most cases, dental bonding treatments can last ten years, primarily when you practice oral hygiene regularly.
Veneers are a thin, shell-like tooth covering that can make your smile appear perfect. Patients who benefit the most from veneers have intrinsic stains, tooth fractures, chips, gaps, uneven teeth, or slightly crooked teeth. You can have one veneer or a whole smile of veneers that can match your natural smile’s tooth shape and color. Our Oakland cosmetic dentists that offer veneers explain that patients can choose one of the following veneer materials.
- Porcelain – Porcelain is a durable material that doesn’t stain from food and beverages like coffee, wine, tobacco, or other food dyes. Its translucent quality mimics natural tooth enamel’s light-reflecting qualities, appearing like your natural teeth. As a result, porcelain veneers require less tooth structure loss and are a less invasive treatment.
- Composite – Composite resin is also a durable material that can restructure your smile. Similar to veneers, composite veneers also cover the front of the tooth, creating a seamless, natural-looking smile. However, composite veneers are typically less expensive than porcelain. Moreover, repairing a composite veneer is possible, but a porcelain veneer would require replacement.
No matter which veneer material you choose, it’s not indestructible. Veneers can become cracked, chipped, and come off your teeth if you use your mouth as a tool to tear or open things, bite pens or pencils, or grind your teeth. You can also extend the veneer’s lifespan by dedicating yourself to a regular oral health care regimen to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria.
Teeth whitening is another way to brighten your smile. Guided Light Optics®, or GLO®, is an FDA-registered teeth whitening system developed by a New York City top practicing dentist. The at-home system uses patented blue LED light technology combined with special whitening gel and warming heat for acceleration to provide lightning-fast results. Our San Francisco GLO® Pro dentists are happy to offer a teeth whitening system that’s not only effective but is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. Additionally, the thick gel remains in place and doesn’t cause sensitivity. People with previous dental work can brighten their bridges, crowns, fillings, and veneers to the original shade. After reaching your desired shade in five to ten days, maintenance sessions with three consecutive applications can brighten your smile once a month. Then, you can use the special formula gel between whitening sessions to keep your smile worthy of the red carpet.
Teeth Whitening in Marin, Oakland, and San Francisco, California
This spring, brightening your smile can renew your confidence and make social situations a little more comfortable. Whether you choose cosmetic bonding, veneers, or GLO® whitening treatments, you can be the center of the room with a bright white smile. Contact Glen Park Dental by calling (415) 585-1500 to schedule an appointment at our Bay area dental office.