Have years of daily coffee drinking left you with a visibly stained smile? Perhaps you are a regular tobacco user, and you’ve noticed your teeth becoming more and more discolored over the years. Whatever the cause of your teeth’s discoloration, the great news is that a cosmetic dentist could help to provide you with a brighter and whiter smile. Whether through professional whitening or another cosmetic treatment, it is possible to enjoy beautiful, bright teeth!
When Is Professional Teeth Whitening Best?
While there are numerous over-the-counter teeth whitening products available, many fail to provide the same kind of dramatic results that professional whitening can create. That’s because most are designed to be used over extended periods of time, whereas professional whitening is created to lighten teeth by several shades either during a single office visit, or over the course of a few weeks of at-home treatment. Either way, patients who opt for professional whitening can generally enjoy smiles brightened between five and eight shades.
How Else Can Teeth Be Lightened?
Even if the dentist determines the cause of your teeth’s staining to be permanent or intrinsic, there are still ways to brighten the smile. Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers can often be used to hide permanent discoloration. Bonding is generally a faster and more affordable treatment option, because it involves the dentist sculpting a composite resin material onto the teeth to hide stains, or other imperfections. Porcelain veneers can provide longer-lasting results, though, thanks to porcelain’s natural stain resistant properties.