If you’ve ever tried an over-the-counter teeth-whitening product, then you might already recognize that the biggest benefit of professional treatment is that it works. Unlike OTC options, professional teeth-whitening is comprised of highly potent but safe whitening gel that effectively breaks up stains while brightening your teeth. In addition to better results, however, professional teeth-whitening also comes with the benefit of a comprehensive examination and diagnosis of your teeth stains to make sure that the treatment will work.
Diagnosing Your Teeth Stains
Sometimes, OTC products don’t work simply because they aren’t strong enough. However, for some patients, no form of teeth-whitening will work because their stains aren’t on the surfaces of their teeth. During your examination, your dentist will determine if your teeth stains are extrinsic (on the surface) or intrinsic (beneath the surface). If they’re intrinsic, then your dentist will know that teeth-whitening won’t suffice and can recommend a more appropriate cosmetic treatment option.
If You Need a Different Option
While professional teeth-whitening can address even stubborn surface stains, your dentist offers a variety of equally effective options for stains that can’t be erased. For instance, if you have a single tooth that’s discolored, then cosmetic bonding might be able to improve it and make your smile uniform again. If you have multiple discolored teeth, then an appropriate number of porcelain veneers may be a more viable option. Veneers are made from highly lifelike porcelain, and when bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, they can create a completely new and blemish-free smile.
Learn How to Successfully Brighten Your Smile
Besides more potent results, the advantage of professional teeth-whitening is that your dentist will make sure it will work before suggesting the treatment. 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 all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.