Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Discusses Dental Whitening Possibilities

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jan 2, 2024

Whitening and lightening your smile can make a big difference in your overall appearance. It is very common for people to notice that their teeth become dark and discolored over time, however, these aesthetic changes need not be permanent.

Keep reading to learn more about how our Elmhurst dentists help patients overcome dental staining.

Professional dental whitening

This treatment is performed in-office, and it simply requires our dental team to spread a topical whitening solution over your natural enamel. As you sit in the dentist’s chair, this whitening formulation goes to work lifting accumulated dental stains and refreshing your smile.

This treatment is very popular because it is fast, affordable, effective, and very comfortable.

Dental bonding

Our dental team can also cover stained and dark enamel in order to give your smile fresh and luminous appearance. When you undergo dental bonding, our dental team resurfaces your natural enamel with custom shaded dental resin. This resin hardens onto the tooth and looks like fresh and clean enamel.

This is a great option for patients who have not had success with whitening formulations in the past, and/or patients who want to correct damage and whiten at the same time.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers also cover natural teeth, but rather than cover enamel with resin (as is the case with dental bonding), veneer treatment covers teeth with porcelain restorations. These cosmetic restorations are shaded and shaped to suit the patient. Once the veneer is attached it is permanent.

With veneers, you can do more than simply lighten your teeth, you can completely transform your smile in just a few dental appointments.

Every dental patient is different, so the best way to determine how you should lighten your smile is to contact our Elmhurst aesthetic dental team to schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!