Teeth Whitening Alternatives
By Dr. Ribeiro on July 24, 2020
There are many cosmetic issues that can compromise the appearance of our smiles, but one of the most common is dental discoloration. Teeth whitening erases stains and brightens your entire look. While teeth whitening is effective on extrinsic stains, or those that affect the outer layer of the tooth, it is not suitable for intrinsic stains, or those that affect the inner tooth’s structure.
When intrinsic stains lead to tooth discoloration, or when other cosmetic flaws are present along with dental stains, individuals should consider teeth whitening alternatives. At his dental practice in Clarksville, TN, Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro offers his patients a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can improve even deep-set stains and dullness when teeth whitening is not the right option.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure that quickly and effectively conceals minor cosmetic concerns, such as spacing issues, dental stains, and chips or cracks. During dental bonding treatment, a tooth-colored compound is applied directly to the surface of the affected tooth. The material is shaped to the tooth so that it looks like part of its natural structure. When the bonding material is in place, a dental light is used to dry the compound and bond it to the tooth.
Dental bonding addresses discoloration by covering stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening. With proper treatment, the results of dental bonding should last for five to seven years.
If intrinsic staining affects multiple teeth, or if there are other imperfections present, porcelain veneers are a great alternative to teeth whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin dental restorations that are bonded to the forward-facing surface of the teeth. The size, shape, and color of porcelain veneers can all be customized to give our Clarksville patients the exact smile they are looking for.
Porcelain veneers are designed to conceal a wide range of cosmetic blemishes, including dental stains, chips, cracks, fractures, gapped teeth, and minor misalignment. If porcelain veneers are cared for properly, patients can enjoy the benefits of these restorations for 10 years or more.
Dental crowns are primarily considered a restorative dentistry treatment, but they do have cosmetic applications as well. A dental crown is like a small cap that sits over the natural tooth and completely surrounds it. Dental crowns strengthen and protect the natural tooth, but they can also greatly enhance its appearance as well.
Like porcelain veneers, the size, shape, and color of a dental crown can be personalized to best meet each of our Clarksville patient’s unique needs. Because of their versatility, a dental crown may be considered as an alternative to teeth whitening treatment if a tooth is badly stained or discolored, especially if the tooth is also misshapen or has suffered some type of structural damage.
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If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, there are several cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help you get the bright, white smile you desire. To learn more about the treatments offered by Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro, and find out which may be best for you, send us a message using our convenient form. You can also call (931) 645-6362 to schedule an appointment.
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