Colour, shape and position of the teeth – especially that of the anterior teeth in the upper jaw – are very important for the ways facial esthetics are perceived. Healthy teeth and healthy gums stand for youthfulness, vitality and good health and, thus, strengthen self-confidence and contribute to our wellbeing. Since we aim to make artificial teeth look absolutely natural and avoid dark lines at the rims of the gums we are using primarily full ceramics for esthetic optimization of the upper anterior teeth and for prosthetics in the area of the side teeth such as, for instance, veneers, inlays, partial caps, caps or bridges on natural teeth or implants, respectively. In order to be able to achieve the best possible esthetic result we are collaborating closely with our master lab that can look back on many years of experience.
Dental brightening for particularly white teeth
A radiant bright smile – everybody appreciates that. But not everybody has the good luck of perfect teeth, and over the course of time there will also be unpleasant discolorations caused by certain substances (coffee, tea, red wine) or smoking. If that is so, bleaching is a possibility to brighten up your teeth. Many people try do-it-yourself methods for whitening their teeth.
Since many people are truly longing for white teeth, the industry has reacted. There are lots of toothpastes that promise a whitening effect. But these toothpastes will hardly be able to keep their promises, since the amount of peroxydes (bleaching substances) in over-the-counter toothpastes is not sufficient to bleach teeth noticeably.
Instead you might use a professional cleaning of your teeth at the dentist’s as an initial possibility to make your smile brighter again. But tooth cleaning only removes plaque and discolorations in order to make the original colour of your teeth visible. So, somebody whose teeth are by nature a little darker or who longs for a particularly radiant smile, may have his or her teeth brightened by bleaching. Possible gum diseases, holey caps and fillings and caries must be treated in advance.
At the dentist’s or at home
For a professional bleaching at the dentist’s a high-concentration peroxyde gel is applied to the teeth for gentle bleaching of the dental enamel. A light source activates the components of the bleaching gel additionally so that the best possible results can be achieved with a low dosage of the gel. After the bleaching process the gel is washed off again. This procedure can be repeated until the teeth have the required brightness.
For the so-called home bleaching thin plastic splints will be made that are filled with the bleaching gel and worn for 2-3 hours in the evenings. This procedure may brighten the teeth by 2-3 color degrees. In the two weeks following the bleaching items such as coffee, red wine, black tea, foodstuffs spiced with saffron or curry and tobacco should be avoided. Individual teeth that have become darker after a root canal treatment may be bleached by inserting a special bleaching agent into the upper part of the root canal.
By the way, the bleaching effect lasts between 2 and 4 years. It would be difficult to give a more exact estimate, since maintenance of the tooth color depends very much on the individual lifestyle – consumption of nicotine, for instance, shortens the time.
Veneers are extremely thin, individually manufactured, ceramic facings that are glued to the visible areas of the anterior teeth in order to achieve an esthetic improvement. They may be used for changing color and shape and also for small improvements of positions. Since only a minimum of preparation is required, the dental substance will only sustain minimum damage.