Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tooth Whitening Doesn’t Always Work

If you are tired of spending hundreds of dollars on tooth whitening products you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Dentists explain that some patients spend countless hours and cash on tooth whitening products that will never work because they will not whiten previously restored teeth. Even professional tooth whitening will not work on interior stains although some have had success with in office tooth whitening, which could reduce the interior stains.

Tooth whitening products are fine on natural teeth when used according to the instructions, however if you have dental veneers, cosmetic bonding or any other material other than your own natural enamel, no amount of tooth whitening product will lighten your teeth.

Your dentist explains that porcelain veneers or dental bonding could be the answer. These days resin materials are much stronger and look just as natural as your own teeth. However, be aware that dental bonding is not as sturdy as porcelain and needs to be taken care of with regular brushing and flossing. Make sure you see your dentist regularly as bonding can chip.

During your appointment for dental bonding, your dentist will make sure that you are free from tooth decay and gum disease as your mouth must be healthy before any type of cosmetic dental procedure can proceed.

If you have the all clear, your dentist will choose a color from the shade guide that best matches your natural teeth. Once chosen, your tooth or teeth will be etched with a special solution that helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth or teeth. Your dentist will then sculpt the resin into the desired shaped before curing with a light or laser. After the area has hardened your dentist, will shave and polish the tooth or teeth to match the rest of your smile.

Of course, if you want a more permanent solution, talk to your dentist about porcelain veneers, which are stronger and more stain resistant.

Whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding are just three of the solutions for a less than perfect smile. Call your dentist who can also examine your mouth to see if you are suitable for braces, Invisalign, or a full mouth reconstruction. Call or click and schedule a cosmetic dentistry appointment with your dentist today.