Personale Odontologia

Cosmetic Dentistry - What is it?

Transforming your smile. This is the role of cosmetic dentistry. This transformation happens by modifying the color and shape of the teeth, bringing harmony to the patient’s whole face.

In this sense, Personale Odontologia offers to its clients innovative solutions in cosmetic dentistry. It believes that investing in one’s own appearance is investing in health and well being.

The techniques offered at our clinic include teeth whitening, closing gaps between teeth (diastema), alteration of their contour or shape, replacement of restorations presenting alterations in color, or with infiltration (cavities), and placement of porcelain or resin veneers over teeth.

Teeth whitening: An easier, clearer smile for all.

White teeth bring easy smiles. That must be the reason why the demand for teeth whitening has increased 300% in the last 5 years. This is due to several factors, for example, the dissatisfaction of clients with the darkening of their teeth. After all, dark, stained teeth attract negative attention once they are easily noticed. Teeth whitening is a solution that generates a high level of satisfaction to our clients.

- FAQ -

1 - Are these techniques merely cosmetic?

The techniques in cosmetic dentistry are not merely aesthetic. Besides making for a more harmonious smile, they make hygienization easier and align the bite, contributing to the reduction of wearing and the stress on the muscles of mastication, which can cause headaches, neck, shoulders and back pain.

2 - Can the metal used in restorations cause harm to my health?

There are divergent opinions about this matter. Fillings and restorations made with metal, also known as amalgam, and used to seal orifices caused by cavities, have mercury in their composition, which is highly toxic both to the environment and the human body. However, there is no specific study on the interaction between the amalgam and the human body.

3 - What makes teeth become clearer?   

The material used is sold in the form of a gel. When applied, it penetrates the enamel, and chemically reacts with the teeth’s pigment, whitening the area. The treatment can be done from home.  As for laser whitening, the substance used changes a little. The treatment is done at the dentist’s office, with the same purpose.

4- How does teeth whitening work? Is there any contraindication?

A prophylaxis (cleaning) session before treatment is essential, as with any other cosmetic procedure. Teeth whitening is indicated in almost 100% of cases, however, a prior evaluation of restored teeth is necessary, once materials such resin and porcelain do not whiten, and must be replaced after treatment.

Whenever correctly applied, and contrary to what many people think, whitening does not weaken teeth. Whitening causes mild sensitivity, which disappears at the end of treatment.

The technique is efficient whether or not teeth have been previously whitened. Teeth darkened by tetracycline (antibiotic), will not present the same results.

 5 - Does laser provide a better result?

The laser beam emits a heat wave, which accelerates the chemical reaction. This accelerated chemical reaction is what makes teeth whiten faster, however, studies show that results with our without laser are very similar. In this case, what really counts is the patient’s time and comfort - spending an average four hours at the dentist’s office, and leaving with whiter teeth, or using products for a few weeks, from home.

 6 - Are there any food or product restrictions during treatment?

Yes. Some products and foods interfere with the result, mainly those with dark pigmentation or dies in their composition. The restriction applies to tea, coffee, chocolate, red wine, soft drinks, condiments such as mustard and ketchup, tomato sauce, among others. However, the greatest villains against whitening are cigarettes and mouth washes containing chlorhexidine in their composition. All these products can stain teeth and compromise results if used during the process.

7 - How long does whitening last?

It does not last forever; it will depend on each patient’s lifestyle. For those who smoke or drink coffee, teeth darken back in six month time. Patients with healthier habits, who avoid these foods and drinks will have whiter teeth for as long as two or three years.

 

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