After a healthy mouth, we want a beautiful mouth, a charming smile. This is the goal of cosmetic dentistry. After the diagnostic approach of the aesthetic problem, the patient chooses one of the many aesthetic restoration options that we suggest. A simple teeth whitening may be enough, or more invasive restorations may be needed, such as composite resin or porcelain veneers, ceramic inlays and onlays, and all-ceramic crowns.
Only your smile
a rosy link to catch.
Giannis Ritsos, 1909-1990, Greek poet
(from the collection Morning Star-1955- dedicated to his newborn daughter Eri).
Teeth whitening can be done at the dental office or at home. The bleaching process in the doctor's office takes about 45 minutes. It is based on the application of a bleaching agent (carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) on the surface of the teeth that chemically reacts with the pigments and breaks them down without damaging the tooth substance. It should always be preceded by initially cleaning and removing exogenous pigments as well as solving health problems such as damaged teeth and gingivitis. You can combine it with home whitening. After taking your dental impression, the dentist manufactures a personalized "retainer" of the upper and lower jaw in which a specific amount of special bleaching material is placed by the patient. The time it remains in the mouth as well as the total period of its use is determined by the dentist.
If your teeth have a problem with their shape, color or size, they can be covered partly or wholly with compound resin. Resin veneers are essentially a microsculpture technique that is performed directly on the tooth surface. The latest technology dental materials (composite resins) perfectly resemble natural teeth. Perhaps the only contraindication to resin veneers is the daily intake of pigmented substances, such as smoking, excessive consumption of coffee, red wine, etc. while their advantage over porcelain veneers is the lowest cost.
The secret behind the shining smile of popular stars is the porcelain veneers. These are very thin constructions made of special ceramic material that are permanently welded to each tooth separately. The porcelain from which the veneers are made can visually mimic the surface of real teeth with embossed features absolutely similar to natural dentition. The use of porcelain veneers is a safe, painless and permanent aesthetic solution to cover up discolorations, to aesthetically correct minor imperfections or tooth deficiencies, and for broken, discolored or crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers usually last 10 to 15 years.