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Teeth Whitening

Are your teeth darkening as you get older? Like many adults, do you drink coffee, tea or red wine? Maybe you want to lighten your natural tooth colour or get rid of years of tobacco or food stains.

Though teeth range in shades of light greyish-yellow, not completely white, many Canadians desire a brighter smile. Because age and daily life show on our teeth, a whiter smile makes many people feel younger and more attractive.

Though cosmetic in nature according to Health Canada, the general dentists of Horizon Family Dentistry can offer professional whitening with Philips Zoom in Lindsay and Havelock.

Philips Zoom Whitening

With a range of options for deep stains, sensitivity and quick results, Philips Zoom in-office whitening has a solution to brighten your smile. Able to lighten tooth colour by four to eight shades, Philips Zoom uses innovative technology and application methods.

Is teeth whitening right for you? Contact the Horizon Family Dentistry office nearest you for information or to book an appointment. We are accepting new patients in Lindsay.

Bonding & Veneers at Horizon Family Dentistry

The general dentists of Horizon Family Dentistry can use dental bonding and veneers to improve the look of your intact teeth as well as restoring broken, chipped or cracked teeth. You can change the colour, shape or spacing of your teeth to create a smile that makes you feel confident and comfortable.

Some dental plans might not cover bonding or veneers, and you can be responsible for their cost.

Learn more here about what bonding or veneers can do for your smile.

The Dental Bonding Procedure

Dental bonding, or bonded restoration, can be done comfortably in one dentist’s visit for minor repairs to one or several teeth. Your dentist will use a tooth-coloured composite resin that is shaped on your tooth or teeth for a variety of effects, including:

  • To cover the missing part of a chipped tooth
  • To restore size to a broken tooth
  • To build up a tooth or fill in between teeth
  • To paint over deeply stained teeth

Here’s how bonding and the composite resin work:

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  • A mild chemical makes the tooth’s surface a bit rough to help the composite resin bond to the enamel
  • Composite resin is chosen to match your natural tooth colour
  • The composite resin is layered and light used to harden each layer
  • The hardened composite resin layers are shaped and polished so the finished tooth is natural looking and smooth

At a second visit to check the bonding, your dentist may polish the finished tooth again. Your dentist can also touch up the bonding if it wears down in the future.


Composite or Porcelain Veneers

Even though the application has some similarities to bonding, veneers completely cover and attach to the front of your teeth as very thin shells. The veneers come in either porcelain or composite resin. People choose porcelain veneers because they are stronger, last longer, and do not change colour. Composite resin veneers are less costly and take one dentist’s visit to complete.

Composite Resin Veneers

Much like bonding, your dentist puts a mild chemical on the front surface of the tooth to be veneered to create a rough surface for the resin to stick to. Your dentist chooses a composite resin that matches the colour of your natural teeth and puts it on your tooth in layers. Each layer is hardened with a bright light.

Once the last layer hardens, your dentist shapes and polishes the composite to finish the tooth’s surface with a smooth and natural look.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers take several steps and two visits to your dentist. This is the process:

  • Your dentist may give you a local anesthetic.
  • Your dentist removes a thin layer of the enamel from your teeth.
  • Your dentist makes a mould of your teeth as a model to custom-make your porcelain veneers.
  • The dentist places temporary veneers to wear until your custom porcelain veneers are ready. Treat them carefully; they are fragile.
  • At your second appointment, the porcelain veneers replace the temporary ones.
  • The dentist glues the porcelain veneers to your teeth with composite resin cement.

Choosing & Caring for Veneers

You dentist may not be able to fit you with veneers and suggest another option if you have any of these dental conditions:

  • Tooth decay or gum disease needing treatment first
  • Severely damaged tooth that needs a crown instead
  • Loss of enamel that will not let a veneer stick properly
  • Teeth grinding or clenching that can chip or break porcelain veneers

Take care of your veneers by following these recommendations:

  • Brush and floss daily
  • Check the placement and seal of the veneers to keep stains or cavities from forming on your teeth underneath them
  • If you have a cavity or trouble with a veneer, have it treated immediately; veneers are not reversible and need to be redone
  • Don’t habitually grind or clench your teeth, bite solid objects, or tear into hard or chewy foods
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