Updated: Apr 8, 2020
After years of use and exposure to different foods and beverages, it’s only natural that your teeth can begin to show the signs of their adventures. As your teeth lose their luster and gradually become more dull, the effects can have a significant impact on your smile’s appearance and your overall level of confidence. Professional teeth-whitening is a popular and highly effective method of erasing teeth stains and brightening smiles. However, for some patients at our Columbia, TN, dental office, teeth-whitening isn’t always a good idea, depending on the nature and severity of their teeth stains.
When teeth-whitening is the best option
Professional teeth-whitening is a topical cosmetic treatment that’s applied to the surfaces of your teeth, and is meant to break up and remove surface (or extrinsic) teeth stains. Therefore, the first step to deciding if teeth-whitening is a good idea is to determine why and how your teeth have become stained. For example, most common stains, such as those that develop naturally over time, form on your tooth’s outer layer of enamel. Others, however, may develop within your tooth’s main structure, and the internal (or intrinsic) discoloration won’t respond to teeth-whitening.
What to do if it isn’t
If it turns out that professional teeth-whitening isn’t the right option due to the nature of your teeth stains, then your dentist will consult with you after a careful examination to determine what treatment is best. For instance, especially stubborn discoloration may be addressed with one or more custom-designed porcelain veneers, which can be placed onto the front surfaces of your teeth to completely (and almost instantly) transform their appearance.
Enjoy a brighter smile the right way
If teeth-whitening turns out not to be the best option for brightening your smile, then we’ll work with you to design the most effective and conservative treatment plan. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384. Since 1985, we’ve proudly served patients living in Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, Pulaski, and all surrounding communities.