When you have discolored teeth, you may try to hide your smile when you should be showing it off. Your smile should never be something you should be insecure about. Dr. Drew Shulman, a dentist in Northeast Philadelphia, explains the options we have at our office to take care of discolored teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening
This is probably what you typically think of when you think of getting your teeth whitened at the dentist. We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options. Professional teeth whitening is much better than what you can get over the counter. Products you pick up at the drugstore are usually one size fits all, causing uneven results or sensitivity when the whitening agent comes into contact with soft tissue.
We’re proud to offer Zoom! teeth whitening in our office. This is ideal for when you have an event coming up and need whitening treatment ASAP. In just an hour, you can get teeth up to eight shades whiter. First, we make sure your lips and gums are protected. A whitening gel is applied to your teeth and the bleaching agent is activated with a special light. In the end, a quick fluoride treatment is done to clean and protect your teeth.
Take-home teeth whitening is a more gradual process. Dr. Shulman will use dental impressions to create bleaching trays that are customized to your teeth. This helps them to fit perfectly and ensure the bleaching agent won’t come into contact with your gums. The trays are worn for a couple of hours each day or night for a few weeks. Every patient is different, so Dr. Shulman will recommend a personalized treatment plan for you.
Not all forms of stains and discoloration can be treated with traditional teeth whitening techniques. For instance, if you have stains from genetics or medications, these are tougher to get rid of. Porcelain veneers can offer an ideal alternative. They’re made of a thin shell of dental ceramic that covers the front and sides of a tooth. This material is designed to be durable and stain-resistant.
For porcelain veneers, we first remove a small amount of your tooth structure. An impression is made of these teeth so that the veneers can be custom-made for you. This includes them being color-matched to the rest of your smile. When they’re ready, Dr. Shulman will fit them to your teeth, making sure that they look and feel natural. Once you’re satisfied, they’ll be permanently bonded to your teeth.
Bonding is an ideal option for those on a budget or as an alternative to veneers for someone who isn’t ready for a permanent restoration. The dental bonding material is made out of a composite resin that can be color-matched to your teeth or made any shade of white you’d like. A very thin amount of tooth structure is removed to make sure the material will lay flat with the rest of your smile, and so it adheres better.
The resin is then applied to your teeth. It can be molded and shaped, so you’re able to get small cosmetic chips corrected as well. When you’re satisfied with the results, the bonding material is cured and hardened with a special light. It’s then polished to match the natural sheen of the rest of your teeth.
Treating Discolored Teeth at Your Northeast Philadelphia Dentist
Are you ready to get the whiter smile of your dreams? Call us or schedule an appointment online today.