Whitening your smile can be one of the fastest, most effective ways to make a huge difference in your appearance. Dealing with dull, yellow teeth can take years off your appearance. In many situations for many people, a whitening treatment can be a perfect solution. However, there are a lot of people and a lot of situations where cosmetic dentistry may need to go beyond whitening your smile to make a difference. For example, if you have already tried a lot of whitening treatments to brighten your smile without it making a dent in the discoloration, it may be time to ask your dentist if other cosmetic dentistry options may be better for you.
When Whitening Treatments May Not Work
Whitening treatments, especially professional-grade, can easily erase and break up stains that only effect the outer layer of your teeth. The whitening gel can get through the buildup that has accumulated on your tooth enamel, which allows for your healthy, white tooth enamel to shine through. However, if your teeth are affected by types of tooth discoloration that develop underneath your semi-translucent enamel, tooth whitening may not be able to make a difference. Internal (also known as intrinsic) discoloration can be caused by tooth trauma, internal bleeding, certain medications, etc. If the discoloration of your teeth comes from internal structures of your tooth, whitening the outer layer of your teeth may not change the appearance of your smile.
Solutions Beyond Whitening
Once your dentist determines that your smile is impacted by intrinsic discoloration, then you may discuss other solutions to get you an updated smile. If you have just one or a few teeth affected by any internal discoloration, cosmetic bonding can be the most efficient solution. Porcelain veneers can be a great option if most of your smile is affected by internal stains. Both bonding and veneers are forms of cosmetic dentistry that cover up the outer layer of your teeth to give you a natural-looking, brighter appearance.
Do you need to think about options beyond whitening?
Dr. Jing can help you determine the best solution for your smile. To schedule a consultation, contact one of our offices closest to you in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.