Among the high quality esthetic procedures that can be performed by your cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening is easily one of the most popular requests. It’s a simple way to make your smile more radiant and more inviting. Plus, procedures like Zoom! laser whitening have been proven to be safe and extraordinarily effective on a wide range of stains. When the aging process, medications, smoking and other tobacco products, coffee, and red wine have left your smile looking duller than you remember, you can turn to professional whitening procedures for an easy solution.
It is important to have your teeth whitening performed by a dental professional in order to avoid unexpected results, or worse, no results at all! For example, certain types of dental work will not respond to teeth whitening procedures, including resin bonding and porcelain restorations. Dental crowns and veneers cannot be bleached with teeth whitening.
However, the neighboring teeth will become whiter, producing an uneven and undesirable effect. This outcome can certainly be avoided with a little prior planning and some communication with your dentist.
If you are interested in a true smile “makeover”, teeth whitening is generally the cosmetic procedure that is recommended first. By lightening the shade of your teeth to meet your preferences, any future dental restorations can be selected in matching shades. If you have old or worn restorations that are darker than you would prefer or if they need to be replaced, teeth whitening can still be performed. After whitening, your old dental work can be updated and matched to the new shade of your enamel.
Porcelain veneers and crowns are considered permanent cosmetic restorations and have a lifespan that can easily exceed 10-15 years. When the time for replacing your veneers and crowns arises, you may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to have your teeth whitened. By timing your whitening procedure in this manner, you’ll have the option of selecting whiter or brighter replacement restorations.
Talk to your cosmetic dentist at Ora Dental Studio today for help in getting the most out of your teeth whitening experience.