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Cosmetic Services for a Brighter Smile

Lockhart Dental offers a range of cosmetic services to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Currently, we provide teeth whitening, bonding, and porcelain veneer services.
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Teeth Whitening

Get Your Glow On

Looking to improve the appearance of your smile? Whitening is the perfect solution for minimizing discoloration caused by yellowing, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Dr. Lockhart and her staff use the latest whitening technology and offer various safe methods for creating a brighter smile.

Whitening corrects brown, yellow, and spotted tooth staining, as well as smoking stains. Whitening technology is effective on both teenage and adult teeth. Furthermore, it eliminates intrinsic staining that can’t be removed during dental cleanings.

At Lockhart Dental, we use the following whitening methods. Visit our office to discuss which option might be best for your smile.

Opalescence TresWhite

This technology simplifies the tooth-whitening process through the use of pre-filled, disposable trays. Unlike other whitening methods, the Opalescence TresWhite trays don’t require dental impressions, molding, or lab time. The thin membrane trays adhere directly to the teeth, whitening both front and back. Worn for just 15 to 60 minutes per day (depending on the formula used), results can be seen within a week.

Custom Whitening Trays

Custom trays are another take-home whitening solution. In the office, we take an impression of your teeth to make the custom trays. Trays are filled with whitening gel and used for a specific length and time (usually one to two weeks) until the desired shade is achieved.

In-Office Whitening

This procedure is done in-office and takes one to two hours. Unlike at-home systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening allows Dr. Lockhart to safely use a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel. Results are visible almost immediately. During the process, a barrier is placed over your gums and a high-strength whitening solution is placed on the teeth for 30 minutes. To enhance and extend the effects, we give you custom whitening trays which you should use 24 hours after your in-office whitening visit.

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Bonding

Improve the appearance of chips, cracks, misalignments, and discoloration in your smile.

Bonding is an alternative to the traditional porcelain veneer. In a bonding procedure, the dentist will prepare your tooth by lightly etching the surface and then applying and sculpting a composite resin into the desired shape. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to give the tooth a natural appearance.

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, is simpler than other procedures, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. Since the resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it’s more likely to stain, chip, or break than a natural tooth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before any repairs are needed. It’s a good alternative to veneers, is significantly cheaper, and can be reversed if desired.

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Porcelain Veneers

A custom solution for a healthy smile.

Veneers are a great choice for those looking to improve the aesthetics of their teeth. They’re incredibly popular due to their simplicity and versatility and can help correct a variety of cosmetic dental problems. Currently, there are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite.

At Lockhart Dental, we place custom porcelain veneers, as there are many benefits and they are the longest lasting of the two. Porcelain veneers are created from thin layers of lab-fabricated porcelain. They are bonded directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable. Porcelain veneers are unmatched in their strength and resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel, which explains why they are priced higher than some other restorative options. Well-maintained porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years, compared to a five to seven-year average for composites. Additionally, porcelain veneers are more highly resistant to staining and chipping than the more porous composite option.

Placing veneers typically requires two appointments to complete. When getting porcelain veneers, your natural teeth must be reshaped in order to fit the veneer properly. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill, as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Dr. Lockhart routinely applies porcelain veneers and designs each case individually in order to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile. We invite you to visit our office to discuss the options and process so we can decide on the best procedure for you.

Teeth Whitening

Get your glow on.

Get Your Glow On

Looking to improve the appearance of your smile? Whitening is the perfect solution for minimizing discoloration caused by yellowing, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Dr. Lockhart and her staff use the latest whitening technology and offer various safe methods for creating a brighter smile.

Whitening corrects brown, yellow, and spotted tooth staining, as well as smoking stains. Whitening technology is effective on both teenage and adult teeth. Furthermore, it eliminates intrinsic staining that can’t be removed during dental cleanings.

At Lockhart Dental, we use the following whitening methods. Visit our office to discuss which option might be best for your smile.

Opalescence TresWhite

This technology simplifies the tooth-whitening process through the use of pre-filled, disposable trays. Unlike other whitening methods, the Opalescence TresWhite trays don’t require dental impressions, molding, or lab time. The thin membrane trays adhere directly to the teeth, whitening both front and back. Worn for just 15 to 60 minutes per day (depending on the formula used), results can be seen within a week.

Custom Whitening Trays

Custom trays are another take-home whitening solution. In the office, we take an impression of your teeth to make the custom trays. Trays are filled with whitening gel and used for a specific length and time (usually one to two weeks) until the desired shade is achieved.

In-Office Whitening

This procedure is done in-office and takes one to two hours. Unlike at-home systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening allows Dr. Lockhart to safely use a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel. Results are visible almost immediately. During the process, a barrier is placed over your gums and a high-strength whitening solution is placed on the teeth for 30 minutes. To enhance and extend the effects, we give you custom whitening trays which you should use 24 hours after your in-office whitening visit.

Bonding

Improve the appearance of chips, cracks, misalignments, and discoloration in your smile.
Bonding is an alternative to the traditional porcelain veneer. In a bonding procedure, the dentist will prepare your tooth by lightly etching the surface and then applying and sculpting a composite resin into the desired shape. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to give the tooth a natural appearance.

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, is simpler than other procedures, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. Since the resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it’s more likely to stain, chip, or break than a natural tooth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before any repairs are needed. It’s a good alternative to veneers, is significantly cheaper, and can be reversed if desired.

Porcelain Veneers

A custom solution for a healthy smile.
Veneers are a great choice for those looking to improve the aesthetics of their teeth. They’re incredibly popular due to their simplicity and versatility and can help correct a variety of cosmetic dental problems. Currently, there are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite.

At Lockhart Dental, we place custom porcelain veneers, as there are many benefits and they are the longest lasting of the two. Porcelain veneers are created from thin layers of lab-fabricated porcelain. They are bonded directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable. Porcelain veneers are unmatched in their strength and resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel, which explains why they are priced higher than some other restorative options. Well-maintained porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years, compared to a five to seven-year average for composites. Additionally, porcelain veneers are more highly resistant to staining and chipping than the more porous composite option.

Placing veneers typically requires two appointments to complete. When getting porcelain veneers, your natural teeth must be reshaped in order to fit the veneer properly. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill, as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Dr. Lockhart routinely applies porcelain veneers and designs each case individually in order to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile. We invite you to visit our office to discuss the options and process so we can decide on the best procedure for you.

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