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Although regular brushing will help keep your teeth healthy, for many people brushing alone doesn't give them the dazzling smile they are hoping for. If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional whitening services can help. Dr. Scott Stone of Smile by Stone offers teeth whitening in Lansing, MI.
Who Needs Whitening?
The color of teeth can vary from one person to the next. Habits such as smoking or consuming certain foods and drinks like coffee can stain your teeth. Teeth whitening in Lansing, MI, is available for individuals who would like to improve the color and overall appearance of their teeth.
How Is Whitening Done?
In-office teeth whitening is done using a specialized peroxide formula. Your dentist will make sure your gums are protected before applying the whitening gel. It is then activated with a special light and left on your teeth for about an hour. Your teeth can be 3-8 shades whiter with just one treatment and the results are long-lasting with the proper dental hygiene.
Is Whitening Safe?
Whitening is safe for most patients. The dentist will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure because there are some types of discoloration that don't respond to whitening like discoloration caused by certain medications. There are other treatment options for these kinds of stains.
Care For Your Teeth
Once you have completed your whitening procedure, you will want to care for your teeth going forward. You will want to make sure that you kick bad habits which are contributing to your teeth staining. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.
If you would like to learn more about brightening your smile, Dr. Scott Stone of Smile by Stone offers teeth whitening in Lansing, MI. Call (517) 482-5546 to set up an appointment today.
Are you looking to improve the appearance of your front teeth? Dental veneers are widely used to improve the appearance of front teeth and are a much more conservative option than a full dental crown. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of staining, large gaps, large fillings, chipped teeth, or overall shape. Veneers are a thin covering over the front and biting end of the tooth used to restore the beauty of a smile. Over the years Smile By Stone in Lansing, MI, has helped many patients who opted for veneers and now have the confidence to smile again. All they had to do was schedule their first appointment with Dr. Scott Stone.
Dental veneers are made in a lab from long-lasting porcelain materials. The shade can be chosen to any desired color to whiten the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are usually placed on the anterior, or front teeth, where the chewing forces are not as hard as the back teeth. The process of placing veneers is relatively easy, requiring only two dental appointments. In some cases, only one appointment is needed. It depends on the fabrication process.
The first appointment is to “prep” the teeth and takes an impression to be sent to a lab to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are fairly conservative in the preparation as it requires a small amount of space to be created on the face (front), bottom, and sides of each tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed and look natural. You will leave the office with temporary veneers for the next week or two while the permanent veneers are being made.
The second appointment is to place the veneers and make minor adjustments if needed. What a difference it makes in the appearance of the teeth! If you’re interested in learning more, give Smile By Stone in Lansing, MI, a call today! You can reach Dr. Scott Stone by calling (517) 482-5546.
In Lansing, MI, Dr. Scott Stone offers a variety of options to help patients improve their smiles. When you have questions about veneers and other dental procedures, your first call should be to Smile by Stone. Veneers are popular options for patients who want to correct any abnormalities or simply brighten their smiles. Having a brighter smile restores your confidence and will give you the confidence you need to face the world head-on.
How Can Veneers Be Used?
Veneers can be used to correct many abnormalities and flaws that can take away from your smile and make you feel self-conscious. At his Lansing, MI office, Dr.Stone can use veneers to correct:
- Teeth that have been damaged in an accident
- Teeth that have been stained due to the use of tobacco, wine, or coffee
- Teeth that are misshapen, too small, cracked, or broken
- Gaps between teeth
Correcting these flaws only takes a short amount of time and will have you smiling within a few hours.
How Do Veneers Work?
Dr. Stone will perform a thorough evaluation and take all of the proper measurements before ordering your veneers. Veneers are small, extremely thin pieces of porcelain that are attached directly to your teeth. Veneers are manufactured so that they are the same color as your surrounding teeth. When your veneers are ready, your teeth will be lightly sanded to ensure that the veneers bond completely to them.
The Benefits of Having Veneers
There are many benefits to having veneers. Not only do they give you back your beautiful smile, but they also make your teeth appear more uniform and natural. Veneers are long-lasting and can remain in place for several years without having to be adjusted in any way or replaced. You are able to clean your veneers simply by brushing, just as you would if you were caring for your teeth in their natural state.
Many patients are curious about veneers. If you live in Lansing, MI, visit Smile by Stone and talk to the staff. Dr. Stone has the answers to all of your questions and is more than happy to sit down with you and discuss all of your options. Call the office today at (517) 482-5546. Don't put off getting a new smile you can be proud of. Your new set of veneers is waiting on you!
Dental crowns from your dentist in Lansing, MI, can strengthen your smile.
Teeth are strong, but they can be damaged. Severe dental decay, accidents, injuries, and other causes can all work to weaken and destroy tooth structure. Fortunately, you can restore both the strength and beauty of your teeth and your smile with dental crowns!
Dr. Scott Stone of Smiles by Stone in Lansing, MI, offers comprehensive dental care options, including dental crowns to strengthen your smile.
When you restore your smile with dental crowns you will enjoy:
- Increased strength to withstand the chewing and biting pressures when you eat
- Increased tooth surface area to provide better chewing ability, which can help digestion and your overall health
- Increased protection from tooth breakage or losing tooth structure
Unlike large fillings which can actually weaken your teeth, dental crowns provide superb protection because they cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth above the gumline. When you bite down on a dental crown, the biting pressure is spread out evenly, so there is far less chance of breaking the tooth structure.
A stronger smile isn’t the only benefit of restoring your smile with dental crowns. When you restore your smile with dental crowns, you will also enjoy:
- A more beautiful, natural-looking smile because porcelain crowns reflect light, just like natural tooth enamel
- Greater self-confidence because you will have a beautiful smile to show to the world
Restoring your smile with dental crowns is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Dental crowns can provide decades of strength and beauty for your smile.
To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns and how they can strengthen your smile, call Dr. Stone of Smiles by Stone in Lansing, MI, at (517) 482-5546 now!
While there are many at-home tooth whitening products available without a prescription or a specialists’ supervision, a visit to Dr. Scott Stone’s office at Smiles by Stone in Lansing, MI, can be the most effective way to get a whiter smile.
LED Light Brightening
Some dentists use a LED light or heat to activate the (usually hydrogen peroxide-based) solution applied to your teeth. After your procedure, your dentist can also offer some whitening products to use at home when you leave.
A Brighter Smile Over Time
It is key to keep in mind that those of us that use prosthetics like veneers and crowns may not see the same kind of improvement due to the nature of veneers and crowns. Some people may feel that their smile is bright enough already, but most people who whiten get their teeth 5-8 shades whiter than the color where they started. That’s quite an improvement!
Benefits of Whitening Your Teeth
- Reverse the effects of aging -- teeth look darker with age
- To clean up your teeth of residues from habits like tobacco use, drinking alcohol, dark tea and coffee, and other highly pigmented consumables
- Some individuals are genetically predisposed to having darker teeth
- Mask the effects of mineral shortages in the body due to things like illness and pregnancy
A Stainless Smile Flatters
Whitening your teeth increases confidence, makes the smile look more uniform -- a brighter smile helps to improve the appearance of your complexion and make your face look very pleasant. These effects assist in creating a long-lasting, good first impression on others.
Eradicate that never-clean-enough feeling you get when you brush your teeth. Contact Smiles by Stone for more details on how you can brighten your smile with Dr. Stone in Lansing, MI. Our number is (517) 482-5546 to schedule an appointment.