A white smile can give you the boost of confidence you need to make a great first impression at work or in social situations. Unfortunately, your teeth can lose their luster over time due to poor oral hygiene, diet, illness, medications, and even wear and tear.
Cosmetic dentistry combines high-quality materials and advanced techniques that can transform your smile often in just one dental appointment. Consider these four options if you’d like a brighter smile.
1. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a common and versatile restorative dental treatment. However, they are also considered a cosmetic treatment because they can disguise multiple flaws simultaneously, such as stains, wear and tear, and a chip.
A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that essentially covers the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Crowns can be made from different materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials. They can also be custom-made to match the color of your natural teeth.
A crown can be used to brighten a tooth when it becomes discolored due to dental trauma or intrinsic staining from medications or illness, and it does not respond to professional teeth whitening products.
2. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth’s surface to improve its color and shape.
During the procedure, your dentist applies a chemical etching agent to roughen the tooth’s surface, allowing for a firmer bond. The resin is applied in thin layers, hardening between each layer with UV light. Once all the layers are applied, the dentist shapes and polishes the tooth so it blends with your natural teeth.
3. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain bonded to the tooth’s front surface. They are ideal for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their versatility and durability.
Veneers can be used to brighten intrinsically stained or discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and also strong and durable, lasting between 10 and 20 years. This makes them an excellent long-term investment in your oral health.
4. Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure and one of the fastest and easiest ways to brighten your smile instantly. Teeth whitening removes stains and discoloration from your teeth, making them appear brighter and more uniform in color.
At TruBlu Dentistry, we use a high-concentration peroxide bleaching gel which we apply directly to your teeth. A UV light activates the gel for 15 to 30 minutes. After rinsing off the gel, your dentist compares your smile to a shade chart to assess your tooth brightness. If you require further whitening, your dentist can repeat the process twice more.
Get a Brighter Smile With Cosmetic Dental Treatments at TruBlu Dentistry
TruBlu Dentistry can help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile if you have discolored teeth. We offer numerous cosmetic dental treatments, including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, to give you a smile you’ll be proud to share.
Contact us at our offices in Burbank (708) 424-5650 and Hegewisch (773) 646-4664 to schedule a consultation.