You already know you want a brighter and more beautiful smile. You’re just not sure how to go about achieving dazzling results. Sure, a cosmetic dentist could help. But what treatment is right for you? Talking with your cosmetic dentist before planning a course of treatment is generally the best idea, that way the dentist can address any questions you have, and then help formulate a plan that can effectively hide any esthetic imperfections. Keep in mind that a dentist can also address any problems that might be negatively impacting your oral health, such as a chip or cavity. So, before you turn to over-the-counter whitening products or even a booth at the mall designed for one-hour whitening, consider the benefits of talking to your cosmetic dentist instead.
If I Have a Cavity am I Still a Candidate for Whitening?
To develop a beautiful smile, you must first have a healthy smile. So if you have any unaddressed dental issues, the dentist will likely recommend restorative action before any cosmetic treatment is performed.
This can actually save you from needing additional procedures, by getting your smile “right” the first time. In the case of a cavity, a simple filling could help prevent the need for more invasive action like root canal treatment or a dental crown. Plus, tooth-colored fillings are made of the same material as cosmetic bonding, so the resulting restoration could actually improve the health and look of your smile!
What Can I Do If Teeth Whitening Won’t Work?
For some patients, even professional whitening will not work. That is because some dental stains are intrinsic, or permanent, and unable to be addressed through whitening treatment.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t be corrected. Veneers and cosmetic bonding offer ways to hide staining, in order to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Both can be fast solutions for permanent staining or discoloration.