The cosmetic specialists at Blue Oak Dental have been extensively trained in a variety of procedures, from subtle changes to major repairs. Some of the procedures our dental professionals regularly perform include reshaping teeth, restoring worn teeth, creating crowns or veneers, bonding, contouring, and bleaching.
Bleaching is a popular process that can be used to whiten your teeth. Hereditary issues, as well as substances such as medication, coffee, tea, and cigarettes, can all cause tooth discoloration. Typically, bleaching is performed over the course of multiple visits. For at-home applications, our specialists can also make custom mouthpieces to ensure you’re using the correct amount of whitening solution. If you have been considering tooth whitening, don’t hesitate to get the opinion of one of our specialists during your next visit.
Bonding is a process in which a tooth-colored resin is used to correct gaps, chips, and minor cavities in teeth. Bonding can be done in one office visit and lasts several years. Although bonding resins are more susceptible to stains and chipping than other forms of restoration, their adaptability and color profile make them ideal for minor procedures.
Crowns, or caps, are used to cover severely damaged teeth, restoring them to their normal shape and appearance. Because of their cost and time-consuming nature, crowns are only used when other procedures will not be effective. Although crowns are complex to implement, they last longer than any other cosmetic procedure.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth in order to improve the shape or appearance of your smile. A veneer can be an effective remedy for teeth that are chipped, crooked, discolored, unevenly spaced, or oddly shaped. The procedure for adding a veneer is simple and requires no anesthesia.
Veneers can address some of the same issues as bonding and can also serve as an alternative to crowns. Veneers require multiple visits, because your veneer must be custom made in a laboratory, based on an impression of your tooth taken by one of our specialists. When your veneer is ready, the cosmetic specialist will then buff your tooth to adjust for the added thickness of your new veneer. Finally, your new veneer will be cemented and hardened with a light beam onto your original tooth. Veneers are a common and painless method of dealing with a variety of oral issues, and our experts will caringly guide you through the decision of whether they’re right for you.