Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments for Teeth Color Correction

Cosmetic Dentist Plano, TX

There are several ways that cosmetic dentistry can address teeth discoloration, including professional, in-office teeth whitening, dental bonding and dental veneers. Learning more about each treatment option can help you decide which option is best for you and why a cosmetic dentist may recommend one treatment option instead of another. 

How cosmetic dentistry can fix teeth discoloration

Teeth discoloration occurs as a result of a poor oral hygiene routine, eating foods that are high in sugar and other carbohydrates and not visiting the cosmetic dentist regularly. Of course, every case is unique, and the following is a review of how cosmetic dentistry treatments can correct teeth discoloration.

Assessing the severity and cause of teeth discoloration

Teeth color correction refers to addressing stains that develop on teeth, which is typically the result of a buildup of plaque and tartar. The best method of treatment depends on the severity and cause of teeth discoloration. In many instances, more severe discoloration is caused by poor oral hygiene and a diet that consists of dark beverages and foods high in sugar. For minor stains, discoloration could simply occur naturally, despite good oral hygiene.

Professional, in-office teeth whitening

Most dentists consider in-office teeth whitening to be the safest way to whiten your smile. This is because the dentists can make sure that the enamel of teeth are properly protected and the gums are not affected in any way. Treatment involves taking a shade measurement to provide a baseline and track whitening progress. 

The dentist may then polish the teeth and apply barriers to protect the gums and other areas from exposure to the whitening gel. The whitening gel is then applied and left for approximately 15 minutes. If necessary, the process is repeated until the desired shade is reached. 

Dental veneers and composite bonding

Dental veneers and composite bonding are often recommended for patients who have more severe teeth discoloration that cannot be adequately whitened through professional, in-office teeth whitening. Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain material that are custom-fit to teeth, and composite bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to teeth to improve the shade. These are more long-term solutions and may cost more than professional teeth whitening, and altering the enamel of teeth is sometimes required. However, they are highly effective in removing stubborn stains on teeth. 

Dietary and lifestyle changes

In addition to dental treatment, cosmetic dentistry also looks for ways to help patients keep their teeth white through dietary and lifestyle changes. This may include following a consistent brushing and flossing schedule, limiting the intake of foods high in sugar and dark beverages and visiting the cosmetic dentist regularly. 

Call our cosmetic dentistry office for more information

Here at our cosmetic dentistry practice, we enjoy helping patients achieve a more attractive smile that they are proud to show off in public. If you would like to schedule a time for a teeth color correction, call us or send us an email today.

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