Do you look at old photographs and fixate not on the crazy fashion you wore, or the outdate style of your hair, but how beautiful and bright your smile once was? If so, you could be struggling with insecurity caused by imperfections in your teeth, namely staining. Most people will struggle with tooth discoloration as they age, whether the teeth begin to appear yellow, grey or even a dull brown. This is because teeth are strong, but porous, which means the foods and drinks you enjoy now, can begin to stain the enamel over time. Professional teeth whitening, or bleaching, is one way to help reverse this effect, and to leave you with a brighter and more beautiful smile.
What Makes Professional Whitening Different?
Most pharmacies and grocery stores are filled with a variety of dental products that claim they can whiten your teeth. Unfortunately these over-the-counter products can vary in efficiency. Some may provide dramatic results, but over long periods of use. Others may only be designed to lighten teeth by a few shades.
Professional whitening through a cosmetic dentist, however, is designed to provide fast and noticeable results. In fact, many patients are able to lighten their teeth by more than eight shades, through a single course of professional treatment.
When Is Cosmetic Bonding the Answer?
Even if your teeth’s stains are determined to be either intrinsic or permanent, your cosmetic dentist can still help, through cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic bonding can hide staining, while also helping to correct a host of other esthetic concerns, as well. For instance, bonding can be used to improve inconsistencies in the teeth’s shape, size or even spacing. It works by sculpting composite resin onto the teeth, in order to hide imperfections.