Following in the footsteps of the U.S. that emphasizes the importance of a white and healthy smile, it is also becoming common in Israel that our smile is an important part of how we are perceived. Therefore, a white and pretty smile is becoming important to those who want to advance at work and socially. Addressing those needs resulted in the development of a whole new discipline offering a variety of aesthetic treatments including: fillings that match the tooth color, porcelain veneers, metal-less crowns (Zirkonium), teeth whitening and more. Using these techniques makes it possible to completely transform a person’s smile and give them the opportunity to show off their big smile and beautiful pearly white teeth. The MediClinic medical center specializes in a variety of aesthetic dentistry techniques.
Plaque removal is a periodical maintenance treatment performed every six months or more by a dental hygienist or a dentist. The treatment removes the bacterial layer from the tooth that builds up over time because of saliva. The plaque is usually visible in the back of the lower front incisors and the upper molars (where the secretion of saliva from the salivary gland is noticeable). However, plaque exists in other hidden areas that can be diagnosed only with an X-ray.
It is important to remove plaque systematically and periodically, since its presence causes the worsening of infections and gum disease. While visiting a dental hygienist at the MediClinic medical center you can receive training about correct teeth brushing and maintenance, and finding the right toothbrush and mouth wash.
Teeth whitening is a procedure that whitens teeth to a number of shades lighter than the existing color. This is an external process that peels away the external layer of color, which is caused over time by smoking, and drinking a lot of coffee and tea. When the color is caused by a birth defect or tooth trauma it is not possible to use this procedure and other means such as direct or porcelain laminate veneers. Dental medicine offers a number of teeth whitening methods that eventually yield the same results.
*Whitening with Lasers *Whitening at Home
Whitening with Lasers – This method significantly shortens the whitening duration. During the treatment, an act
ive material that oxidizes and whitens the teeth is applied to the teeth. This material usually consists of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide that breaks down into hydrogen peroxide in a concentration of 35 percent. The whitening material is activated by an external light source, by the laser, but there are other methods such as plasma light (which is less common).
The type of laser usually used for whitening teeth is Argon or CO2. The laser light source enables better penetration of the active material which is why a single laser procedure yields faster and better results than a similar treatment using a plasma lamp. In order to achieve the same results with a plasma lamp, the procedure must be repeated a few times, while each treatment takes about an hour.
Whitening at home – This method requires the longest amount of time. The kit is purchased at the MediClinic dental clinic and you can then continue with the rest of the process at home or work. The active whitening material used is carbamide peroxide, which comes in different concentrations in plastic syringes. The length of the whitening process depends on the concentration level of the active material, which ranges from one hour to seven hours daily (usually throughout the night). The active material is inserted into transparent trays that are prepared personally for you to exactly fit the shape of your teeth. The tray is placed over the teeth until the material finishes its work (depending on the material concentration). Afterwards it’s recommended to wash you teeth and the trays in cold water and repeat daily. It’s important to note that before putting on the trays, you should brush your teeth without toothpaste, and avoid eating or drinking dark-colored food or drinks (red wine, tomato juice, etc.). It is best to stick to a “light-colored” diet throughout the treatment. The color of the teeth can be maintained by repeating the whitening process every half a year, reusing the trays and the syringe with the active material, which can be purchased separately at the dental clinic.
It is important to mention that teeth whitening only lightens the color of the teeth, and the obtainable color is the original color of the teeth. In order to achieve whiter results it is best to consult with the dentist to discuss suitable treatments. Before deciding about teeth whitening it’s also important to consult with the dentist about the most suitable treatment and, of course, have a checkup of your tooth and gums in order to minimize the probability for possible side effects. If there are areas with tooth decay, then it’s recommended to have fillings made prior to whitening.
Dental fillings is the procedure of rebuilding the tooth after removing the decayed portion of the tooth. Currently, there are two main types of restorations:
White filling restoration – made of a composite resin – is more aesthetic since it’s matched to the tooth color. Its construction requires a special technique that is different than the amalgam fillings.
Amalgam restoration – Amalgam restoration lasts for a very long time, but is not aesthetic and requires removal of more of the tooth. In addition, today we know that this material releases metals such as mercury and other oxide material into the mouth for a long period that causes coloration of the surrounding areas: teeth or gums.
The strength of today’s composite materials (used for the white fillings) allow for the material to last longer and for better aesthetics. It is important to emphasize that in selecting the proper material for the filling, you should consider various parameters and our dentists will assist you in selecting the proper material for your fillings.
Direct Composite Veneers
When there is an inner tooth color that cannot be whitened with an external oxide substance, when there are large gaps between the teeth and the client is not interested in orthodontic treatment to close the teeth gaps, or when the teeth color is not uniform as a result of a complex restoration that modified the color – it is possible to use a veneer. Veneers are made of composite material that covers the external surface of the entire tooth, and restores the desired tooth structure. The color of the composite material is chosen by the dentist and the patient in order to reach the best aesthetic results for the patient. Usually the veneer is attached to the front area of the jaw and to multiple neighboring teeth in order to achieve a unified look of the arch of the teeth. Veneers are applied by a dentist who specializes in aesthetic dentistry; therefore it’s very important to select the most suitable doctor for achieving the best results.
Composite materials absorb coloring from food and their color changes over time. Since the material is applied as a uniform layer, stains of various shades will not appear, but rather all of the coating will be the same color. For those who would like to keep a consistent color over time, it is recommended to use the porcelain laminate veneer.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Porcelain laminate veneers are a covering for the tooth made of porcelain. These veneers are of high aesthetic quality providing the whiteness and glare of a “Hollywood smile”. These types of veneers require great dentistry skills in order to prepare the tooth and take its accurate measures (in collaboration, of course, with a qualified dental lab and expert technicians). Until recently it was common to see the porcelain mainly on crowns.
Similar to direct veneers, the dentist etches a thin layer off of the tooth, 0.2-0.5mm, to prepare the area for the veneer. Therefore, most of these treatments can be done without a local anesthetic. In addition, similar to direct veneers, here it is also recommended to have the veneers applied to multiple neighboring teeth in order to achieve a unified color for the front arch – every four to eight years. This will turn your smile into a “Hollywood smile”.
The more teeth that you have veneered, the more your smile becomes amazing and glamorous. It should be noted that in contrast to direct veneers, porcelain laminate veneers also enable the reshaping and relocating of the tooth in the arch of the mouth. In contrast to a direct veneer that is constructed on the tooth by the dentist, the porcelain laminate looks like the natural tooth resulting in better aesthetics. It is important to emphasize that over time the glare and color of the porcelain laminate do not fade and will remain natural and beautiful for many years ahead.
At the same time, it should be noted that there are cases where it is not possible to use porcelain laminate veneers because of extensive damage to the tooth. In those cases a Zirconium crown can be applied. These types of crowns are very aesthetic and are suitable for people interested in maintain a white and bright smile for a long time.
The MediClinic medical center specializes in the wide range of all aesthetic dentistry techniques and in general medicine.
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