When dental enamel starts to age, it can begin to look dull, dark, or stained. Many people come to our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentist office because they want to rejuvenate their smiles and counteract these unsightly issues. The good news is that there are things that our dental team can do to refresh and brighten a patient’s smile. Today we are going to be learning more about tooth brightening treatments.
The first, and simplest, way to brighten diminished dental enamel is to lighten stains with professional dental whitening treatments. Our dentist will apply a whitening formulation to your natural enamel, and let it sit for a predetermined period of time. Many patients find that their teeth are noticeably whiter after only one or two sessions.
Whitening formulations are not appropriate for all types of teeth, and in fact, these formulations may not work for certain types of staining. If this is the case for your smile, you may benefit from dental bonding. During this process our dentist applies dental resin to the patient’s tooth. When this resin cures it bonds to the enamel, and becomes hard and stable. Dental resin is a great option for many patients because it can be customized to fit different dental shades and cosmetic needs.
Dental veneers and Lumineers are porcelain cosmetic restorations that can, like dental bonding, be used to cover damaged or unsightly enamel. A veneer or Lumineer covers the entire visible surface of the patient’s tooth. Porcelain restorations look exceptionally natural, and hold up well to the wear and tear of daily life.
So if you have been unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please know that there are simple and effective cosmetic treatments that can help you restore your smile. The best way to get started is to give our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentist office a call.