Dental staining and discoloration is practically ubiquitous among dental patients; we all experience it to a certain extent. The truth is that as our teeth age, they simply become more prone to changing in hue and taking on more environmental stains.
But just because staining a common problem doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists offer treatment options to help brighten and whiten your smile no matter what its current color.
Professional dental whitening is a quick, affordable, and comfortable way to minimize existing discoloration. This type of whitening is particularly good at treating environmental stains: color deposits foods, drinks, and tobacco that have been left on the teeth over time. The topical whitening gel used in this treatment works to lift discoloration from the tooth surface, so that the enamel is restored to its previous color.
Sometimes teeth change color due to damage or extensive enamel thinning. In these cases, your dentist may recommend that you cover the enamel in order to achieve a whiter and brighter smile.
One way to do this is through a process called dental bonding. Our dentist is able to resurface the tooth with custom-shaded resin, so that the patient’s smile is whiter and brighter. Once the resin has cured, it bonds to the tooth and looks just like real enamel.
Veneers can also be used to cover the patient’s natural dental surface. These individually crafted restorations are about as thin as a contact lens. Once they are attached to the natural tooth, they completely transform the tooth’s appearance. Veneers are made of porcelain: a material that closely mimics the appearance of enamel.
No matter what your teeth look like today, our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists can help you achieve the white, bright smile you want. Give us a call to schedule a consultation, or use the Contact Us form on this website, and we’ll get back to you promptly!