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Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

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Veneers Vs. Tooth Whitening | Billings, MT

  • November 15, 2015

We’ve all seen photos of movie and television stars showing off their pearly white smiles. We’ve seen commercials on television where everyone seems to have perfect teeth.

When you look in the mirror, you may not see that perfect smile in the reflection.

Maybe you have stained teeth. Maybe years of drinking coffee, tea, or soft drinks has left your teeth looking yellower than you would like. Maybe you used to use tobacco, or you still are, and it’s left your teeth worse for the wear.

You may have looked into how you could have a whiter smile. You might have even researched some of the options available to you. Should you get veneers? Should you have your teeth whitened?

We can tell you more about veneers and tooth whitening procedures at Legacy Smiles in Billings.

What are veneers?

If you’ve ever replaced the siding on your house, you have an idea how veneers work. Veneers changed the exterior appearance of your teeth, leaving them looking whiter and straighter in some cases.

Our veneers are made with porcelain. In addition to being the same color as natural teeth, porcelain veneers are thin and strong.

If you get veneers, we will remove a small layer of enamel to prepare your teeth for the veneers. This means your teeth will be appear the same size after the veneers are added.

After your teeth have been prepared, we will take an impression. A laboratory will use that impression to craft veneers that fit perfectly on your teeth.

We will polish and color them to the shade of white you prefer. Then, we use a dental cement to bond the veneers to your teeth. We finish by exposing the cement to special light so it will harden and remain securely in place.

When the veneers are secured, you will see an immediate change in your smile. With proper care, your veneers can last the rest of your life.

One added benefit is that porcelain is more stain resistant that natural teeth, which will make it easier to maintain that beautiful new smile.

What is teeth whitening?

We offer two types of tooth whitening at Legacy Smiles. One we do in our office, and the other is a product you can use at home. Both are effective at make your teeth whiter.

Opalescence Boost is applied in our office, and it can give you a noticeably whiter smile in about one hour.

This chemically activated gel will be applied to your teeth during your appointment. Unlike some other whitening system, Opalescence Boost does not require a hot, white light to become activated.

This system used fluoride and potassium nitrate, which strengthens your enamel and reduces the sensitivity of your teeth. Because this is a professional whitening gel, it is capable of quickly removing deep stains.

If you would prefer to do your whitening at home, we can create custom-made trays for you. This puts you in control of how white you want your teeth to be.

This isn’t as fast as our in-office product, but when used correctly, it can give you professional-quality whitening. You can use the custom trays in between appointments to help keep your teeth looking as white as you like.

Keeping your white smile

Whether you decide to go with veneers or tooth whitening, oral hygiene will remain important to keeping your sparkling white smile.

Try not to consume too many stain-causing foods and drinks. Wine, tea, and sugary drinks can leave stains. As we mentioned in the start of this post, cigarettes and other tobacco products can leave stains that are difficult to remove.

Remember to brush your teeth twice daily, and floss once each day. This goes a long way toward removing plaque from your teeth, and it can save you from tooth decay and gum disease.

Last, but not least, make regular appointments with our dental team at Legacy Smiles for routine cleanings and exams.

You can have the white smile you have dreamed about. We can talk to you about veneers and tooth whitening products, and we can help you decide which one is the best option for you.

Call 406-794-3114 or visit our office at 2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D, in Billings to get started. You deserve the best smile you can have, and it can be yours at Legacy Smiles.


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