Cosmetic Dental Services

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Bleaching Trays:

The first step in bleaching involves a thorough examination, X-rays and cleaning. Bleaching diseased teeth is like painting rusted out old car. It is not ethical for a dentist to perform an esthetic procedure like bleaching in the presence of curable disease! It is important to be aware that fillings, including white fillings in the front teeth do not whiten with bleach. Therefore, if you have any composite fillings in your front teeth, they may have to be replaced after the bleaching process since the shade of these fillings was chosen to match the teeth as they were before bleaching. The second step is taking impressions of the upper and lower teeth so models can be made to fabricate the bleaching trays. The major problem with impressions is that people who gag may have a difficult time. The key to having impressions taken is to be sure to breath only through your nose. If you breathe through your mouth during this procedure, you will have gagging problems. Finally, you get your trays and the bleaching kit, and go home and begin the process. The instructions vary slightly according to the type and manufacturer of the bleaching kit, but you generally wear the trays anywhere from several hours several times a day, to overnight for as long as you want to keep the process up.

Bonding:
If the teeth are chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discolored, the dentist uses a plastic putty-like resin to rebuild the teeth and make them look natural. After preparation of the tooth, a composite resin is applied and shaped to fill in chips or to correct other problems. We then use a bonding light that dries and hardens the resin. The tooth is then smoothed and polished. This procedure usually last up to 5 years before you may need to have it redone due to discoloration or natural wear and tear.

Invisalign:
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, nearly undetectable, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. It has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide.

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ZOOM! Chairside Bleaching / Whitening:
Our office is proud to offer the radically new "Zoom!" in-office tooth whitening system that uses a full-mouth bleaching light combined with a revolutionary 25% Hydrogen Peroxide light activated gel to lighten teeth 6 to 10 shades in about an hour.

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Creating Smiles For Life

Dr. John C. Carter, DDS
4907 Brambleton Avenue • Roanoke, VA 24018 • (540) 774-3143