An attractive smile is one that is symmetrical, well-balanced, bright and stain-free. If you want a whiter, more brilliant smile, you may have several options for achieving the look you want, including regular professional cleanings, professional teeth bleaching and porcelain veneers.
Good brushing and flossing habits can be one of the quickest, easiest and healthy ways to achieve a brighter smile. Plaque, a sticky biofilm that accumulates on your teeth, can leave your teeth looking discolored and dingy. By brushing after meals and flossing daily, you can keep plaque at bay and minimize the discoloration on your teeth. Professional cleanings with your North Hollywood dentist can polish away superficial stains and remove any plaque or tartar that remains on your teeth.
Many at-home bleaching kits are available, but professional whitening treatments are generally recommended. Not only are professional whitening treatments more powerful than over-the-counter treatments, but they are also safer. Whitening treatments that are supervised by a dental professional reduce the risk of bleaching-related side effects, including increased sensitivity, discoloration or gum irritation.
Not all patients are candidates for teeth whitening, and some stains, including those due to excessive fluoride intake and certain antibiotic stains. Even if you have serious stains on your teeth, you may be able to benefit from porcelain veneers, or you may opt for porcelain veneers along with whitening treatments. Porcelain veneers can be used to conceal numerous cosmetic issues, whiten your smile and can improve the appearance of worn, chipped, misaligned or misshapen teeth.
If you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, a small amount of enamel will need to be buffed from your teeth to ensure a comfortable fit. Dental impressions will be taken so that the dental laboratory can customize your new porcelain veneers, and when they are ready, you will return to the dental office to have them securely bonded onto your teeth. Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant and can last up to 20 years or longer when properly maintained.
Similar to porcelain veneers, Lumineers use a thin sheet of porcelain to cover aesthetic flaws. However, unlike dental veneers, Lumineers require little or no preparation of the natural tooth. They are made of ultra-thin Cerinate porcelain, which means they can often be placed directly over your teeth without any tooth alteration.
Many treatment options can be used alone, or they can work together in a smile makeover to provide you with an entirely new smile that enhances your entire appearance. Each smile is as unique as its owner, and you and your dentist will need to work closely to determine which procedures will benefit you most and provide you with the smile of your dreams.