Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding. The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks when the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporary covering is removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very aesthetic. The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less of the tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally more comfortable. Crowns are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure left.
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is performed to repair damage caused by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for other cosmetic purposes. First, the surface of the tooth is scuffed in order to accept the bonding. A gel is applied to the resin will adhere to the surface of the tooth. The composite is then placed on the tooth and the bonding agent hardens with intense light. The last step is shaping and polishing to give a lustrous finish.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning, we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth.
Healthy white teeth can give you a brighter, more attractive smile that can give you the confidence you need. Dr. Gregory Perkins, DDS is offering the kind of teeth whitening Sandy Utah patients highly recommend.
Our facility promotes two kinds of teeth whitening, namely in-office whitening and tray whitening. Both of these bleaching processes are safe and are used in order to remove stains on teeth and give them a whiter, more dazzling appearance.
Night Guards & Mouth Guards
Custom designed mouthguards and nightguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where there is a high chance of impact. Guards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.
If you have decided a guard is right for you, we will take an impression of your teeth for a perfect fit. The impression will then be sent to a lab to make a custom guard. In most cases, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles. On average, a guard will last between 3 and 10 years.