If you notice that your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, then teeth-whitening may be the first thing that comes to mind. However, before you choose to undergo treatment, you should make sure that it’s the most appropriate solution by asking your dentist a few questions first. To ensure the most successful results, your dentist will perform a careful examination to determine the cause of your teeth stains, and then discuss whether or not teeth-whitening is the best option.
How do I know if teeth-whitening will work?
Professional teeth-whitening is popular for two reasons; it’s convenient, and it’s highly effective. To ensure that it’s effective, however, your dentist will first diagnose the type of stains affecting your teeth. Teeth-whitening is most effective on the stains that develop on the surface of your teeth, known as extrinsic stains. If yours develop underneath your tooth’s surface, then a more appropriate treatment may be necessary.
Will my teeth stay bright for life?
While teeth-whitening is effective, your teeth may stain again over time. However, you can prolong the results of your treatment by keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Be sure to brush at least twice every day and floss at least once, and to attend regular checkup and cleaning appointments to hinder the development of teeth stains. Good hygiene and preventive dental care will also help you prevent more serious issues, like tooth decay, that are often the cause of internal tooth discoloration that can’t be addressed with teeth-whitening.
Learn More About Professional Teeth-Whitening
If your teeth have been dulled by years of use, or exhibit noticeable staining, then ask us if teeth-whitening is the best option for improving your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and surrounding communities.