You may think about how wonderful you would feel with a whiter smile. However, when you think about this term, you wonder: Is there some universal “white” that we aim for? What if it’s much brighter than you’d like, you wonder? What if you don’t really need to whiten everything, so you worry about trying to explain your needs?
We remind you that we will take your smile into account as a unique feature unlike anyone else’s. We will focus on what you would like to accomplish, so you end up with the shade of white best befitting you! You can achieve a whiter smile with cosmetic dentistry options such as porcelain crowns, veneers, or simply by bleaching.
When Is White Too White?
White teeth can deliver a more youthful appearance, but the whitening needs to be in proportion to several factors. During your consultation, your cosmetic dentist will consider these factors when discussing how white your teeth should be.
- Age: A white smile at age 30 is necessarily different than a white smile at 60. As we age, there is an assumption that teeth will become slightly discolored and duller. If you are more advanced in years, a bleached-out smile may come off appearing fake.
- Skin tone: Our complexion should be considered when deciding which shade of white works best. Pink skin undertones blend best with light hues of blue and gray on the enamel, for example, while olive skin can be complemented by ivory teeth. If you regularly tan, it is important to remember that any teeth whitening results will be magnified against your already tan skin.
- Current shade: Your existing teeth shade should be considered. If you are starting with a dull and gray row of teeth, a liquid paper smile should not be your goal.
- Bleaching speed: When assessing which cosmetic whitening process will be best for you, remember that in-office bleaching offers drastic results in one hour. While this means convenience, it can also mean that there is less control and less predictability with the results. If you wish to maintain better control throughout the bleaching process, you may be a better candidate for take-home whitening kits.
When You’re Mostly Happy With Your Current Shade
Maybe you feel a bit concerned about voicing a desire for a whiter smile. Your concern is that we are going to “go overboard” and whiten beyond your goals. If you’re someone with a single stain or two, one tooth that’s not quite white, or areas of staining, what you’d prefer is to even things out. You want a uniform smile that’s all-white but you’re not necessarily looking for a dramatic shift in shade. We can help you accomplish this. When you need to camouflage stains, a cosmetic treatment like bonding will allow us to match the treated tissue to the shade of your smile that’s the shade with which you’re satisfied.
When you’d really love a huge change with porcelain crowns or veneers
If you really want a major improvement, you will be pleased that we can offer this shift with porcelain veneers. Even better? We will choose the shade of your veneers with you, so your smile is just the white finish you want.
Patients who have severely discolored teeth are great candidates for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers allow Dr. Fondriest to correct cosmetic blemishes beyond discoloration. Veneers can address:
- Small teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Chipped teeth
Porcelain veneers are placed through two visits to our dental office. During the first visit, Dr. Fondriest will prep your teeth before making a mold of your smile. Your new veneers will be placed on a follow-up visit a few weeks later.
When You’re Worried About Going “Too Bright”
If you’ve ever seen a smile that was so bright, you immediately thought that it almost had a funny blue tinge to it or appeared to be glowing, we understand why the idea of considering cosmetic teeth whitening might worry you. You’d love a much whiter smile but you want it to look natural. Remember: This is something that you don’t need to worry about. When you’re trying to whiten on your own, this can go terribly wrong. However, when you’re under our care, whether you receive traditional whitening or another treatment, we will be quite mindful of guiding you toward a beautiful, believable looking shade that works for your features.
Benefits of a Whiter Smile
While our blog has focused on areas of caution to consider before undergoing teeth whitening, it is equally important to remember the many benefits of cosmetic teeth whitening. Whiter teeth can lead to:
- A more youthful appearance
- A more attractive smile
- The removal of discolored patches on your teeth
- Boosted self-esteem
- Greater confidence in the workplace
- Greater confidence when seeking romantic relationships
Fun fact: Smiles are more attractive than makeup. A study conducted by Orbit Complete found that nearly 70 percent of adults find women more attractive when they smile compared to when they wore makeup but did not smile. In the workplace, individuals who have a white smile are seen as being more confident.
See Our Team For A More Vibrant, Natural-Looking Whiter Smile
Whether you are trying to make a good first impression during a work interview or simply wish to regain a more youthful-appearing smile, teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry can lead to many positive outcomes in your professional and personal life.
Come in to learn more about how to whiten your teeth for a beautiful finish with the help of our esthetic restorative care. Learn about your options in cosmetic dentistry Chicago, schedule a visit with Dr. Fondriest by calling us at (847) 234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.