Bleaching should only be performed after a complete and thorough examination by a dentist. At Yonge & Merton Dental, we make custom fitted bleaching trays and provide a set of bleaching gel (carbomide peroxide) which is a safe and effective method of whitening teeth. Once custom bleaching trays are made it is easy to bleach the teeth at home. It only takes a few hours a day for about 7-10 days during the initial bleaching phase. Over time teeth will stain or yellow again, and how quickly it happens will depend on your frequency of drinking coffee or wine. Keep your original bleaching trays, as more bleaching gel can be purchased for use in those trays again.
Veneers are excellent esthetic restorations that can be used to restore the front teeth if they are chipped, discolored, cracked or have spacing problems. Very little tooth is removed in preparing it to receive a veneer and usually no local anesthetic is required. Veneers can be made of composite resin through the bonding procedure such as in a typical filling, or it can be made of porcelain. The porcelain veneer is bonded to the front of the tooth and once bonded has excellent strength. Porcelain veneers are custom made to a thickness as thin as contact lenses in some situations.