Teeth can become darker, duller, yellower, or stained over time. Sometimes this occurs due to consuming foods or drinks that contain staining agents. But your teeth can also stain due to factors outside your control like aging or medication side effects.
Tooth discoloration can make you feel self-conscious about your smile’s appearance. But you can consult with your dentist to find methods of brightening the color of your teeth with targeted dental solutions. Read on to learn about the ways your dentist can help you get the whiter smile of your dreams with professional treatment.
How Can My Dentist Brighten My Tooth Color?
Professional Bleaching Treatment
If want to whiten your teeth, your dentist can provide deep bleaching treatment using KoR whitening materials. This will involve two to three in-office sessions followed by take-home treatment.
The professional whitening process begins with the dentist or assistant carefully applying a strong bleaching gel onto the teeth. The agents in this gel will thoroughly clean and clear away stains while also avoiding structural damage to the enamel that can cause tooth sensitivity.
Your gums, lips, and tongue will be protected from this gel which could be irritating if not applied professionally. This supervision from an expert also ensures an even, careful application that will give you beautiful results that look natural on your unique smile.
The take-home part of this treatment uses a less potent bleaching gel in specialized custom-fitting trays. You wear these trays over your teeth to continue whitening your smile according to your aesthetic goals. It is important to use these trays as directed for optimal results.
Other Options to Whiten Your Smile
While all natural teeth will whiten with professional bleaching treatment, some discolorations are more difficult to whiten to the desired result. Also, existing fillings, crowns, and veneers will not whiten. Your dentist will advise you of this in your initial consultation. Your dentist can offer additional cosmetic dental solutions to address any remaining discoloration or restorations that did not whiten in order to give you an even brighter, more uniform smile.
With bonding, your dentist uses tooth-colored resin sculpted directly onto your teeth to improve tooth color and shape. Bonding offers a less expensive alternative to porcelain crowns or veneers, but it does not last as long. As a resin, it is more prone to staining and discoloration and may need to be replaced every 3-10 years depending on your diet and home care.
Porcelain Veneers or Crowns
If you want long-lasting smile enhancement, your dentist might suggest porcelain veneers or even crowns to create a more optimal smile in terms of color, shape, and overall appearance. Today we have several “porcelains” that offer solutions for many situations including discolored, chipped, fractured, or even slightly misaligned teeth.
These porcelain restorations are designated and custom-fit for each individual smile. They are more durable than bonding and can maintain their esthetic appearance for 15 years or longer in many cases with proper home care.