Susan scheduled an appointment with our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists because she was concerned about the state of her dental enamel. Despite brushing and flossing as usual, Susan was noticing yellow streaks and a dark undertone affecting her smile. After a few months of using over the counter whitening treatments and failing to notice results, Susan finally scheduled a consultation with our dental team.
We met with her and she was happy to learn that signs of dental discoloration are very common with aging teeth. The simple truth is that your dental enamel ages just like the rest of your body, and this means that it accumulates stains over time.
Susan was looking for a comfortable way to brighten her smile with minimal investment of time and money. It turned out that the right option for Susan was professional whitening treatments. In only three treatments Susan saw significant results, and she noticed that her smile looked younger and fresher.
Susan was able to achieve the results she wanted with professional dental whitening, but if she had persistent staining or damaged enamel our next step would have been to explore dental veneers. Porcelain veneers can also whiten the appearance of a patient’s smile in just a few appointments.
These treatments can also be used in combination. If you have teeth that are nicely aligned, shaped, and healthy, you may choose to simply lighten these with professional whitening. Then you can use dental veneers for teeth that are severely damaged or difficult to treat.
Different patients require different combinations of treatments, so we’ll be able to give you a better idea of your treatment protocol when we meet with you. You can schedule your own cosmetic consultation by calling our O’Fallon cosmetic dental office. We’re happy to discuss your dental concerns—both aesthetic and health-related—and help you get the treatment you need!