Dental Procedures for Whiter Teeth
Teeth can become discolored for a variety of reasons. Some of them can be controlled while others cannot, such as age or simply the natural shade of your teeth. Thankfully, dental technology has progressed to the point where teeth whitening is easier and more accessible than ever. Understanding the differences between whitening and bleaching along with other treatment options can be important when looking for procedures to brighten your teeth. Here is a brief overview of several different whitening procedures, and how to decide which one can help you create your dream smile.
Whitening is better defined as the removing of stains from your teeth. Your teeth can be stained by a variety of different foods and even medications. Certain drinks like coffee and wine as well as tobacco products can cause your teeth to become darker or have a yellow tint. Dental cleanings from your hygienist can be a great way to remove light stains and also prevent further discoloration.
Crowns and Veneers
If stains are more severe and include dealing with tooth decay or wear and tear, a dental crown might be something to consider. Dental crowns differ from veneers in that they’re much thicker. Rather than a thin piece of the enamel being worn off before placement of a porcelain veneer, almost the entire tooth is worn down before a crown is applied. A crown is very strong and can last for decades, performing and functioning just like a regular tooth. Both veneers and crowns are good choices for patients who are in need of restorative care rather than cosmetic or aesthetic improvements alone.
Bleaching involves taking your teeth several shades whiter and brighter, and goes beyond just removing stains. Keep in mind that if you already have veneers or crowns that bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide may not react well to the material that they’re made of. If you are interested in changing the color of your veneers and making them a brighter shade, it may be time to have them replaced.
The dentist can perform a professional bleaching treatment within one visit that can leave your teeth looking brilliantly white. Whitening your smile will bring you an amazing confidence boost that will have you not only looking your best, but also feeling your best. If you think you are ready for life changing teeth whitening in Las Vegas, call our office at 702-331-4700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomaro.