Have you decided to address smile discolorations by picking up an over the counter whitening product from your local pharmacy? You may be underwhelmed by your results. Store bought products offer minor improvement. They can help you remove some tooth discolorations on the surface of your enamel. You may feel bothered if the stains that discolor teeth persist. In many cases, your dentist can recommend a professional teeth whitening treatment to remove harder to reach stains, and make bigger overall changes. Does this mean a professional whitening treatment is going to be the solution for you? This approach can tend to extrinsic stains, or those smile discolorations that result from foods, drinks, or tobacco products.
A different tactic is called for when you are trying to deal with intrinsic stains within your tooth enamel. Often cosmetic treatments are need to cover these intrinsic stains.
Dealing With A Frustrating Accumulation Of Stains On Teeth
If you are seeking treatment for discoloration caused by teeth stains, your dentist can offer you a professional home teeth whitening kit that you can take home. The kit provided will have bleaching trays with special whitening gels. We show you how to apply these bleaching agent gels to give you the smile improvements that you need. This is a perfect treatment option for stains caused by coffee, tea, and red wine.
Some Smiles Discolorations are Caused By Internal Tooth Issues
Intrinsic discoloration refers to problems within a tooth that can affect its color. This problem can result because of a tooth injury, or as a side effect of certain medications. If your goal is to address intrinsic discoloration, porcelain veneers can be effective at covering flaws. Your dentist is also able to hide blemishes by performing a dental bonding treatment. In addition to helping with your smile color, veneers and bonding treatments also provide effective coverage for issues with a tooth’s shape or size.
Sometimes the teeth are yellow because of enamel erosion.
How Your Dentist Can Enhance Your Smile’s Natural Beauty
Even if you have a perfectly symmetrical and healthy smile, stains or discolorations can greatly detract from its attractiveness. Considering your smile is one of your greatest assets, it is important to keep it looking its best.
Many cosmetic dentists offer a variety of professional whitening options catered to fit your needs. If you don’t have sensitive teeth and want quick results, for instance, they may recommend a maximum strength gel that should be worn nightly until ideal results have been achieved, such as Nite White.
Patients concerned with sensitivity, however, may be given a whitener that allows them to spread out the treatment. Wearing the tray for only thirty minutes, twice a day, such as with Day White Excel 3 will work. If any type of bleach is too harsh, then a smile makeover with veneers is an option.
Both treatments can help drastically brighten smiles using a carbamide peroxide gel, which ranges from 7.5 to 22 percent strength. Your cosmetic dentist can help you determine which is the best treatment for you based on the degree of staining, your time constraints, schedule, and level of dental sensitivity.
Taking Care Of Smile Discolorations
If you want to do something about smile discoloration, bring the matter to Dr. Fondriest’s attention. You can receive help with problems that are keeping you from a whiter smile. They can also teach you how to keep your teeth white after whitening. To schedule a consultation for a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan, call our office at 847-234-0517.