Cosmetic Dentistry Boise

Many people have healthy teeth, but are unhappy with their appearance. Harrison Dental offers a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, veneers, smile design, recontouring the shape of the teeth, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

Whitening
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. At Harrison Dental, we use several methods: passive tray whitening and professional strength white strips.

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.

Veneers
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique may involve two appointments because the veneers might need to be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to create veneers in-house with our E-4D system, in much less time, compared to sending impressions to a laboratory.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.