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Teeth Whitening Treatments in San Francisco
Get the best cosmetic dentistry San Rafael, San Francisco. Brighten your teeth and smile by taking
the best Teeth whitening treatments in San Francisco.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
One of the most requested procedures asked of a dental office is tooth whitening. This is a
procedure that will assist in removing stains and discoloration from teeth while lightening them.
Tooth whitening can only be completed once cavities are treated in order to prevent the whitening
solution from reaching the inner tooth and causing sensitivity. Also keep in mind that tooth
whitening is unable to lighten exposed tooth roots and tooth replacements such as crowns and
Whitening your teeth at home often involves using a custom fitted mouth trays into which a
whitening gel is placed. These custom fitted mouth trays will help protect your gums from irritation
that occurs while using ill-fitted over-the-counter whitening mouth trays. After the gel material is
placed in the mouth tray, it is placed over the teeth and left on for approx. 20 minutes. Ask Dr.
Raina if home whitening is right for you.
Bonding is a common cosmetic procedure due to its ease of application and excellent esthetic
results. It is often used to reshape or change the color of a tooth and fill in slight spaces between
teeth. The composite material used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match all
Tooth Colored Fillings
In order to make a filling appear almost invisible to the naked eye, composite fillings are often
used. These fillings are designed to match your natural tooth color and are bonded to your teeth,
which makes them less likely to fall out. These fillings are used to replace older fillings made of
silver or gold. Tooth colored fillings have a more aesthetic appearance; can be completed in one
visit, form a strong seal and are less likely to crack a tooth.
What is a dental Veneer?
A veneer procedure is a popular cosmetic procedure. Porcelain is known as one of the best
materials for esthetic dental procedures, because it mimics tooth enamel very closely. Veneers are
extremely thin (usually less than 0.5 mm thickness), giving them enamel-like translucency, creating
a natural appearance. They are about as thick as a contact lens. There is very little tooth
preparation and the veneer is bonded to the teeth.
Although veneers are very thin, once bonded to your teeth they become strong. The process is fast
and conservative. First, your teeth are prepared and impressions are sent to a dental laboratory
along with the design for your new smile. Veneers may be recommended along with other
cosmetic procedures in order to produce optimum results.
Veneer Procedure Steps:
Your teeth are cleaned so that only your natural tooth is exposed. Old surface restorations are
removed. An impression is taken of the tooth area where the veneers are to be placed and sent to
the lab for fabrication. When the veneers are ready, your dentist will check the fit along with its
future appearance, then permanently bond them to your teeth. After the veneer is set, it is shaped
and polished to look like a natural tooth.
Veneer Procedure Benefits:
You can have a beautiful new smile in as little as just two office visits! Very little tooth alteration to
your natural teeth and does not affect neighboring teeth. Gap space between teeth can be closed
without the use of braces.
Veneers can add tooth length to worn down teeth.
Veneers can add tooth shape and thickness.
Veneers can cover broken or chipped teeth so that they look like healthy normal teeth.
Veneers can renew the color of stained teeth.
For smaller or worn down teeth, a crown can restore the natural size of the old tooth. Crowns are
usually recommended for fractured teeth, teeth with huge fillings, teeth with fracture lines to
prevent complete fracture and to protect teeth.
A crown is sometimes termed a “cap” or “jacket.” A crown will restore a large filling or a cracked
tooth to its original size, shape and tooth color. Teeth in the base after getting root canal treatment
are recommended crowns as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more likely to fracture. A
crown can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improves the appearance of
your teeth. With the advances in technology, we now have the ability to make ceramic crowns with
To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1-2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. The
impressions are made and sent to the lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will have
a temporary crown. These crowns are usually made of hard plastic and are made in your dentist’s
office on the day of your visit. On a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and
try out the lab fabricated crown for esthetics, fit and function. Sometimes crowns need additional
polishing, glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it’s
cemented to your tooth.
The ‘gold’ standard. Gold does not tarnish or corrode and has some bacterial inhibiting quality.
Gold crowns are strong even when they are only an mm in thickness. However, gold crowns
obviously are not considered esthetic is recommended for back molars.
Porcelain Fused To Metal Crown
PFM crowns are fairly esthetic and they look like real teeth. However, the margins or borders may
appear dark because PFM crowns have a metal substructure with layers of porcelain fired over the
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