Q: What are the different ways I can get my teeth whiter?

There are mainly four techniques to improve one's smile:

  • Home whitening
  • Zoom inoffice whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain laminate veneers

Q: How do I know which technique would work best for me?

During the consultation visit, you would discuss with the doctor the things you would like to change about your smile. You might want to alter the shape, length, or contour of your teeth, close spaces, straighten crooked teeth, fix chipped teeth, broaden your smile, or just change the color of your teeth. Each of these four techniques have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it is very important to have a good understanding of what your ultimate goals are.

Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of bleaching?

A: Bleaching is relatively inexpensive and usually brightens the teeth quickly and easily. On the other hand, it does not work equally well on everyone, and therefore the results are less predictable than other techniques. Newly bleached teeth tend to fade in color anywhere from a month to 1-½ years. Teeth, which are very dark, especially from tetracycline stains, bleach the poorest. The best results are seen in people who were born with white teeth, yet whose teeth have darkened with age due to tea, coffee, tobacco and red wine.

Q: How long does porcelain veneers last?

A: Porcelain laminate veneers last between ten and twenty years. Porcelain, because of its nature, will not stain, nor wear from brushing. Its luster and translucency make it almost indistinguishable from natural enamel. The veneer is a thin façade of porcelain, like an ultra thin fingernail, which is bonded to the enamel. Once bonded to the tooth, it becomes extremely strong and durable.

Q: How many visits does it take to do veneers?

A: In just two visits spaced a few days apart, the dentist can complete both the upper and lower veneers. At the first visit, the enamel is roughened to prepare it to accept a veneer. The patient will leave the office with temporary veneers, which usually look better than their original teeth. At the second visit, the temporaries are removed and the porcelain veneers are placed on the teeth. At this point, the smile makeover is complete.

Q: What determines the color and shape of the veneers we choose?

A: We look at the shape of the face, whites of the eyes, skin tones, and even the personality of the patient. These features, in combination with the patient's desired smile makeover help determine the final designing of the veneers.

Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
1705 Eastern Parkway 
Schenectady, NY 12309
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