Has it been several years since you felt truly proud of your pearly whites? If so, is it because of staining or discoloration? Many people struggle with yellowing or even greying teeth, particularly as they age. That is because your teeth’s enamel is strong and stain-resistant, but it is also porous, which means over time the foods and drinks you consume can begin to discolor the enamel. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry like professional teeth whitening makes it possible to help erase those years of staining, leaving you with a noticeably brighter and lighter smile!
What Makes Professional Whitening Unique?
Professional whitening is designed to be both effective and safe. Unlike over-the-counter products, which can vary widely in their results, professional whitening utilizes prescription-grade whitening agents that can provide consistently noticeable results.
In fact, professional whitening treatment can frequently lighten teeth by more than ten shades, through a single course of cosmetic treatment.
In-office treatment can generally be completed in a few hours or less, while at-home treatment can be completed at your own convenience. At-home treatment usually takes a few weeks or less.
Are There Options for Addressing Permanent Stains?
If your teeth are stained permanently, or if the discoloration is intrinsic, it does not mean there are no options for improving the smile’s appearance. Both cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers can be used to help hide permanent staining. Bonding is fast and affordable, while veneers are even more stain-resistant and durable. Talk to your dentist about which would be best for you.