Most people would like to have a nice, white smile. Unfortunately, life happens. As a result, your pearly whites can start to look yellow and dark. Thankfully, Desert Dentistry offers two cosmetic services that can bring back your bright, white teeth.
To better understand which is right for you, we would encourage you to make an appointment with any of our dentists in the Phoenix area. With four locations, there is probably a Desert Dentistry office that is close to you.
Why Your Teeth Aren’t As White As You Would Like
Whether dental veneers or teeth whitening is the right option may depend on the reason your teeth have become discolored. You can have extrinsic or intrinsic discolorations.
Extrinsic stains develop on the outside of teeth. This is what we think of as stained teeth. This is precisely what professional teeth whitening products like KöR and Venus are designed to remove. Both of those whitening products are available at Desert Dentistry.
These stains form gradually. After years of drinking coffee in the morning, of having a glass of wine with dinner, or gulping down sports drinks after a hard workout, your teeth will look a little yellower. With more time, your teeth will continue to become darker as you eat sweets, colorful fruits and berries, and foods with delicious but colorful sauces.
Most of the things that we eat and drink contribute to the stains on our teeth. Over time, those stains become noticeable. That’s usually when people are ready to do something about it.
Intrinsic discoloration develops from the inside of our teeth. This can happen in a number of ways.
▸ Certain medications can have side effects that change the color of your teeth.
▸ Trauma to a tooth can affect its color as well. A fall or an injury to the face are a couple examples of this kind of trauma.
▸ Some people are born with genetic conditions that can cause teeth to appear discolored.
As we get older, it’s normal for our teeth to look yellower. This could be for the one or a combination of the reasons mentioned above.
Regardless of the reason, the team at Desert Dentistry will be happy to help you turn your discolored smile back to the white teeth that you want to see.
It’s important to keep in mind that what works for you may not work for someone else. The best way to find out is to let one of our dentists examine your teeth during a visit to any of our Phoenix offices.
Professional teeth whitening can be an efficient way to remove extrinsic stains. KöR is one of most effective products for removing deep stains from teeth. For results you can see in a day, you should consider the in-office whitening options.
We also offer take-home whitening products for patients who prefer to whiten their teeth on their own schedule. This won’t work as quickly as the in-office treatment. However, you can have similar results in a few weeks if you use our take-home products as directed.
If you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, then we would encourage you to sign up for the Desert Dentistry “Whitening for Life” program. After you first whitening treatment, we will provide you with free whitening gel to keep your smile looking its best.
All you have to do is keep your regular appointment for cleanings and examinations every six months. Contact any Desert Dentistry to find out how to get started.
Dental veneers can work on both extrinsic stains and intrinsic issues. If you are looking to whiten your smile, then dental veneers are likely to help you.
Veneers are used to hide discolored teeth. Dental veneers also can be shaded to be as white as you would like them to be. The type of veneers you get can affect the process.
With porcelain veneers, the first step is often removing a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. With Lumineers (which are the thinnest veneers on the market), we often can leave your enamel as it is.
Then, we make an impression of your teeth. This is used to create dental veneers just for you. You will return to our office when your veneers are ready. Then, we will bond the veneers to your teeth. This conceals the discolored teeth and gives you a bright, white smile.
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