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Using Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve the Aesthetics of Your Smile - Part Three | Our Dental Blog

Using Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve the Aesthetics of Your Smile - Part Three

Nov 20 2019

This is part 3 of our blog series explaining aspects of cosmetic dentistry. If you haven't seen the previous articles, you can find the first two posts here and here.

Teeth Whitening: Over-The-Counter vs. In-Office

Patients have an option to have teeth whitening done at home or in the dentist's office. In-office whitening methods, like the ones offered by Dr. Sato, are the more effective option, providing better results than the store-bought methods. Additionally, with in-office methods, dentists have the ability to address any issues that may arise, as well as protect the patient’s gums from the whitening agents.

Even though over-the-counter brightening tools are relatively inexpensive, it's wise to have a conversation with Dr. Sato before buying them.

An in-office brightening can require one to three visits, depending on how major the discoloration is. First, a mold of the patient’s teeth is made. Then, after a tray has been produced, it’s fitted to the patient’s teeth and filled with a whitening solution. Patients will typically wear their whitening trays for a few hours a day and will see results within a couple of weeks.

It’s important to remember that enamel whitening is not long-lasting, so the patient will want to inquire about future treatment options.


Porcelain veneers are a durable method for individuals who need small restorative treatments for problems such as gap teeth, fractures, or discolored teeth. The dentist will begin by removing a small amount of enamel—approximately one millimeter—before adhering the veneers to your teeth. Once the veneers are completed, it is virtually impossible to distinguish them from your natural teeth.

Dr. Sato offers several different types of veneers, including Lumineers. These differ from traditional veneers in that they are comprised of a thinner material and less tooth preparation is required. This means the procedure requires less time and more of the natural strength of the tooth is preserved. Lumineers is an ideal option for patients with sensitive teeth.

Taking care of porcelain veneers or Lumineers doesn’t require any special treatment—normal flossing and brushing with non-abrasive toothpaste will keep the veneers healthy and strong. Patients will usually be sensitive to cold and hot foods and beverages, however, this will only last for a short number of days while the patient adapts to the alterations to their teeth.

In this series, we've talked about several cosmetic dental options. If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Sato to further discuss these services, you can do so here.

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