Ready to refresh your smile? One of the quickest and easiest ways to do so may be with dental whitening treatments!
Our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists provide whitening solutions to fit a wide variety of patient needs, budget, and timelines. As you read through this short article, you’ll find more information about the treatments available to you.
Keep in mind that different types of dental discoloration are effectively treated with different aesthetic solutions. Most patients who notice staining develop over time are dealing with environmental stains—color deposits left behind from foods, drinks, and tobacco products. However, teeth can also be discolored due to developmental issues—such as tetracycline staining, and trauma.
Professional dental whitening involves our dental team applying a whitening formulation to the natural dental enamel. This formulation works to lift embedded stains from the tooth surface, and to help restore the enamel to its original shade of whiteness. There are a few reasons that patients love professional topical whitening treatment: it is cost-effective, it is non-invasive, it can deliver dramatic results in just one session, and the process can be repeated over time in order to intensify the whitening effect.
There are also dental treatments that are designed to cover unsightly enamel with fresh and natural looking dental materials. Dental bonding, for example covers the natural tooth structure with composite resin. Another option is to place individual porcelain veneers over discolored or dark enamel. These treatments can be great for patients who want to lighten their smiles while improving other aesthetic issues, like dental misalignment and gaps between teeth. If your teeth are discolored due to developmental issues or trauma, then these types of aesthetic treatments may be more effective for you than topical whitening treatments.