Over time, and despite our best efforts, our teeth can become dull and discolored; this can lead us to perhaps feel self-conscious about our smile. However, your smile doesn’t have to lose its sparkle due to lesser than white teeth, and a cosmetic dentist can help in restoring your teeth to their natural color.
Although there are several over-the-counter kits for at-home teeth whitening, a visit to our cosmetic dentist can deliver even better results.
There are several causes for the discoloration of teeth. Some common causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Hot and cold beverages, such as tea and coffee and red wine
- Smoking, which can lead to yellowing teeth
- Using an abrasive toothpaste, which can damage tooth enamel
- Certain foods, such as wholegrain products
- Some medications can leave teeth with stains
Although there are several over-the-counter kits for at-home teeth whitening, a visit to our cosmetic dentist can deliver even better results. An at-home kit may require prolonged use in order for it to have the desired effect on your teeth, and some can even damage teeth further.
But treatments administered by a cosmetic dentist can deliver your smile back to its natural white much faster. On occasion, it may be possible to treat the discoloration at home, a treatment known as ‘tray-based whitening’. This treatment uses a custom-molded tray of the patient’s mouth and a prescribed formula to use which can be applied at home. The formula given to whiten the teeth will be determined by the dentist during a consultation.
Alternatively, the patient can undergo a teeth whitening procedure in the office. The dentist applies a whitening formula, which is then activated by light. The process is quick, easy and can have immediate results.
Another solution that the dentist may consider is dental veneers. These are thin shells that are custom-made to cover the front of the teeth and so improve their appearance. Also known as porcelain veneers, these shells are glued (bonded) to the front of the teeth and can be used not only to improve the color of the teeth, but also the shape, size and length.
A cosmetic dentist will prepare the teeth that will be bonded by removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth before taking a mold of the patient’s mouth. A dental laboratory will then make the shells according to the mold taken, and finally the dentist bonds the shells permanently to the teeth.
Whichever treatment you decide best fits your needs, it is possible to once again regain a dazzling smile, and after treatment a regular dental check and good dental hygiene can help prolong the dazzle for years to come.
Contact our Chicago office at 312-328-9007 and schedule your consultation to determine which treatment option is right for you.