If you’re looking to brighten your smile this summer, modern dentistry has plenty of treatment options that can give you a whiter, brighter smile.
Teeth whitening is a process in which whitening ingredients are applied to your teeth, lifting stains and brightening your smile by several shades. While it might be tempting to pick up a teeth whitening kit from the store, the best way to whiten teeth is to opt for a professional procedure by your dentist. Store-bought whitening kits contain less potent ingredients, meaning they don’t work as quickly as professional treatments, and can cause tooth sensitivity. In-office whitening takes under an hour, and you’ll notice results immediately.
If your teeth are stained or damaged beyond what whitening can fix, there are a few other cosmetic treatments that can help restore your smile.
- Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain veneers are one option that can even out your teeth as well as give a whiter appearance. These are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth for a naturally white look. The porcelain also resists stains, meaning your teeth will stay whiter for much longer.
- Dental Bonding – Dental bonding gives a similar effect as veneers, but instead of shells of porcelain teeth,a tooth-colored resin that repairs cracks and covers any resistant stains is applied and molded to match the shape of your natural teeth. The resin is not as strong as porcelain, but it can be done more quickly and is more affordable.
- Dental Crowns – If your tooth is damaged beyond repair, crowns might be an option for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a damaged tooth, restoring its strength, function, and appearance. This can mask an unsightly tooth and restore your smile to its original brilliance.
At U Sparkle Dental in Houston, we’d be happy to talk to you about which procedure would be best for your specific circumstances. Give us a call to book an appointment with our dentist today!