Over the counter whitening strips, creams, and other products are readily available, but are messy and time-consuming. If you are looking for fast results and more bang for your buck, consider professional whitening services at 1st Family Dental of Fox Valley.
We offer Zoom! Whitening, a professional-grade whitening service from Philips. This treatment can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just one 45-minute session at our office. And, because our skilled team of hygienists is applying the whitener, you know that it’s being done safely and in a way that will maximize your results.
Zoom! kits are also available for at-home use. These whitening trays offer an alternative to in-office treatment but typically take more time to achieve desired results. We’ll work with you to determine a plan that meets both your lifestyle needs and your teeth whitening goals.
We may also recommend products you can use to maintain that white smile long after you leave our office. Whitening is not a substitute for good oral care. In fact, brushing and flossing are more important than ever to keep your teeth looking great long after the whitening treatment ends.
Before starting any teeth whitening treatment, you’ll have a dental exam to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy enough for this treatment. Bridges, crowns, and veneers can impact whitening; your dentist will develop a plan that works for your mouth.
We’ve all seen actors, musicians, and other celebrities on TV with picture-perfect white smiles. How did they get that way? Like the rest of us, celebrities were not born with perfect teeth; their shiny white smiles often come from porcelain veneers. 1st Family Dental offers everything you need to achieve the same results.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are molded to fit your teeth then attached to the front of tooth with the goal of improving its appearance. They can also be made of resin or other composite materials.
The veneer is bonded to your tooth in whatever form it’s in, meaning no additional drilling or shaping is needed in most cases. No special maintenance is required — just brush and floss like you would normally.
The entire veneer process can completed at our office. Your dentist will take X-rays and make impressions of the teeth that are receiving veneers. Once the veneers are ready, they are bonded to your teeth using special cement and light. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for any adjustments that are needed once the veneers are in place.
If you have cracked or chipped teeth but aren’t ready for a full veneer, dental bonding is a great option. Bonding is how cavities are filled, so chances are you’ve already had this procedure in one form or another.
Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth.
Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.
It is the least expensive and least invasive cosmetic dental procedure and can typically be completed in one office visit without anesthesia. Your dentist may need to roughen the tooth slightly to ensure the bond will stick, but beyond that no drilling is needed.
Again, our office will work with you to determine whether bonding is the right solution for your cosmetic dental needs.
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