When teeth become stained, they’re appearance is often more serious than the condition itself. That’s because most common teeth stains, which develop on the surfaces of your teeth, are merely remnants of things like your food and beverages. They can typically be erased quickly and conveniently with professional teeth-whitening treatment. However, in some cases, your teeth’s appearance may be affected by discoloration that occurs deeper than your teeth’s surface layer of enamel. Known as intrinsic (internal) discoloration, such blemishes require more than teeth-whitening to erase.
Cosmetic, Tooth-Colored Bonding
Because discoloration can’t be removed from your teeth like surface stains can be, the only way to improve your teeth’s appearance may be to conceal them. With tooth-colored composite resin, for instance, your dentist can bond the affected area of your tooth to restore its healthy, uniform appearance. The resin matches your tooth’s unique color and shade, and bonding it to your tooth doesn’t require permanent alterations to its structure. Typically, tooth bonding is most appropriate for improving one or two teeth that exhibit discoloration.
Custom-Designed Porcelain Veneers
While tooth bonding can be an excellent solution for improving one or two teeth, it might be insufficient if you have several teeth that need cosmetic improvement. Custom-designed porcelain veneers are highly lifelike replicas of your teeth’s front surfaces. Your dentist can design and place an appropriate number of veneers to completely transform your smile’s appearance, even if your teeth have than just discoloration to deal with.
Learn More About Erasing Stubborn Teeth Stains
If your teeth are discolored and teeth-whitening won’t suffice, then find out what other options you have for brightening your smile. 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 West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.