Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Whitening, Dental Veneers in Cambridge

Tooth Whitening

Your whitening kit is a dentist controlled take-home bleaching system.

It works by liberating stains and pigments which have been incorporated within the enamel of the teeth.

The degree of lightening of the teeth is dependent upon the individual.

Porcelain and other restorative materials will not whiten. Teeth usually whiten less, or more slowly, next to the gums than at their tips.

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Philips Zoom DayWhite

Here at Dove Dental we offer Philips Zoom DayWhite to deliver the superior results that you want under the supervision of a dental professional; Zoom at-home whitening products work around your lifestyle, giving you the opportunity of choosing what time of day you use the product, when the 1-2 week course is completed you will see the results and have much whiter teeth. Philips Zoom DayWhite is the most advanced formula and is the only "at home" whitening product that contains amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) which is clinically proven to reduce sensitivity.

This is how the process starts: During your first whitening appointment the condition of your teeth is going to be assessed by a dentist. If your teeth are in good condition, the impressions for individual whitening trays can be taken straight away. However, if there's a lot of tartare, a scale and polish will be necessary before the whitening procedure starts.

At the second appointment you will get your whitening trays with the syringes. We will explain and show you how to use them and the rest depends on you.

Veneers

A veneer is a paper thin, custom made covering that conceals the front surface of your tooth. Veneers are made of a very durable ceramic material that actually can strengthen your tooth. They can correct stains, breaks, odd shapes, and lengthen individual teeth without removing them.

The first appointment involves you and your dentist planning and choosing the best shape and colour for your venners to blend in with your natural teeth. The surface of the teeth are prepared very gently before the impression is taken and then temporary veneers are applied to protect the prepared tooth between visits. Your next appointment, in approximately 2 weeks, will be to permanently cement the veneer in place.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry techniques such as Inlays, Onlays, Crowns and Bridges can all be used to improve the appearance of your smile. More information on these treatments can be found on our Restorative Dentistry Page.

Before & After

Case 1

This patient (35 years of age) had an accident during her childhood. Her UR1 tooth died due to the accident causing a discolouration to this tooth, and although her other tooth was fractured it was still alive.

For many years this patient decided to keep this discoloured tooth as she was only offered the solution of having a crown, which she did not want. The dead, discoloured tooth therefore had internal whitening which, as time passed, faded and got back its discoloured shade it originally had.

When I saw the patient, here at my practice, I explained the difference between a crown and a veneer. The patient was happy to have veneers because this method is gentler to the tooth. The 2nd photograph shows the preparation stage of both teeth and in the 3rd photograph you can see the final result.


Case 2

This patient had similar problems: advanced discolouration and the fear of having crowns. The patient was keen to keep the original character of her tooth and was happy to get veneers.


Case 3

This patient had an accident at the age of 10 and as a cause of this his UL1 fell out. He did not get any orthodontic treatment so his UL2 (and other teeth on that side) moved forward filling the gap of the missing tooth. He came to the surgery for fillings on his molar teeth and I persuaded him that by doing a minimal preparation and fitting a veneer the improvement will be huge.


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