Whitening your teeth is one of the most popular dental treatments in America. In fact, the treatment is so popular that there are nearly entire aisles dedicated to over-the-counter whitening treatments in your local grocery store or pharmacy. Many whitening treatments that can be bought in the store cannot match the whitening power that a professional treatment can reach. Talking to your dentist about your whitening goals can also help make sure that your teeth are safe during the treatment. Depending on the types of stains that your teeth have, your dentist may recommend alternative cosmetic treatments to better handle your specific smile’s needs.
Will a Whitening Treatment Work?
First, let’s discuss the types of discoloration that your teeth may have. Extrinsic stains are stains caused by external factors like food, drink, smoking, and age. These types of stains can usually be removed with a whitening treatment. Intrinsic stains are stains caused by internal factors like trauma to the tooth, internal bleeding, certain medications, and health problems. These types of internal stains cannot be removed with whitening because the whitening treatment only penetrates the enamel (the external part of the tooth).
What if My Stains Are Too Severe?
If even a professional whitening treatment is not suitable for your smile, there are cosmetic options that you and your dentist can discuss. Cosmetic bonding is a process of applying a composite resin directly to your tooth. This resin can be matched to the white color that you desire. Veneers are porcelain shells that can be applied directly to the front of the tooth. Both bonding and veneers can cover up intrinsic or severe stains.
Will the Results Last?
Care is important for your oral health no matter what treatment you go with. It is important to maintain a good hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day not only to keep your teeth bright and white, but to keep away the dangers of gum disease or tooth decay.
Is Whitening Right for My Smile?
Ask our team at E-Care Dentistry, PA, about getting your smile bright. To schedule a consultation, call our office in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.