With today’s advanced cosmetic dental treatments, most smile concerns can be improved effectively and efficiently. For instance, if your teeth are stained, then you may be able to brighten them with professional teeth-whitening. However, if your teeth are more stubbornly stained than usual, then you may need a more involved cosmetic enhancement to improve their appearance. At our office, we provide a variety of other customized cosmetic treatments designed to brighten your smile without significant dental work, including lifelike tooth bonding and realistic porcelain veneers.
The Most Common Kinds of Stains
Common teeth stains develop on the surface of your teeth (known as extrinsic staining). They can often be caused by exposure to food and beverages, or by things like tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Because they form on your tooth enamel, they can typically be erased with teeth-whitening treatment, which breaks up and removes the molecules and deposits that cause staining. Sometimes, however, teeth stains can develop on a tooth’s dentin, underneath the semi-translucent enamel. Known as intrinsic staining, this type of discoloration won’t respond to teeth-whitening, which only address surface teeth stains.
How to Fix More Stubborn Teeth Staining
Intrinsic discoloration can occur for a number of reasons, such as the use of certain medications. When teeth-whitening can’t brighten your smile, your dentist may recommend a more appropriate option. For instance, cosmetic tooth bonding involves placing and polishing custom-tinted, tooth-colored composite resin on the stained tooth. Tooth bonding can restore the uniformity of your smile without any permanent change to your tooth structure. For more severe cases, your dentist might recommend porcelain veneers, which can be placed on the front surfaces of one or more teeth to provide an instant smile makeover.
Professional Teeth-Whitening and Other Cosmetic Options
Teeth-whitening can erase most common teeth stains, but certain types of stains won’t respond to the procedure. To find out how to effectively erase them, 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.