Invisalign, Whitening & Veneers Q & A
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an orthodontic system that uses removal plastic trays to help move teeth into their proper positions over time. Trays are custom-fit for each patient's mouth, and because they're made of clear plastic, they're nearly invisible. Plus, they can be removed for brushing, flossing, dental visits and even eating. Like other types of orthodontics, Invisalign® can be used to treat a wide array of alignment issues, including overbites, crossbites and underbites. Because they're customized for each patient's unique needs, treatment tends to be faster and is usually completed in 18 months or less.
What are veneers?
Veneers are super-thin coverings that adhere to the front surface of visible teeth to repair cosmetic issues like cracks, chips, stains, broken or uneven edges, worn surfaces and teeth that appear too large or too small. During the veneer application procedure, a very small amount of tooth material is removed to make room for the veneer. An impression is made of the tooth and the veneer is crafted and tinted to blend in with the neighboring teeth. Once the veneer has been created, it's adhered to the tooth using a very strong bonding agent.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, professional teeth whitening treatments are designed to be completely safe, and the products have been approved for professional use by the FDA. You may have some slight sensitivity during whitening, but it will resolve once the procedure is complete. Professional whitening is superior to whitening treatments available in drugstores and supermarkets because the treatment can be customized for your needs to reduce the likelihood of sensitivity and ensure the most consistent results. Plus, before professional whitening begins, your teeth can be examined for tiny cracks and fissures that can increase your risk for sensitivity.