When Teeth Whitening Won’t Work

Jul 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Fresno Cosmetic Dentist, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening

cosmetic dental veneersThe decision to enhance your appearance can do wonders for your confidence. Some patients’ teeth do not respond well to the whitening agents used in our in-office teeth whitening treatments. In such cases, Fresno, CA dentist Dr. Claudia Denes suggests porcelain veneers as an alternative option. Intrinsic stains can be hard to remove with whiting agents; therefore veneers cover up the flaws, improving the appearance of your smile. Dark-colored foods and drinks, such as red wine, dark berries, and tomato sauce, can stain teeth over a period of time. A stained smile can make you look older and less attractive. Veneers are custom-made to meet the unique needs of each patient and are created to match your smile, or in this case, brighten the color of your teeth.

For more information about porcelain veneers, call our office today at 559-297-1294. Dr. Denes would be glad to meet with you to discuss the options available to you.

Staining: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic

There are two types of stains that can appear on your teeth. Intrinsic tooth discoloration is when the inner structure of a tooth is stained. It can make your teeth appear yellow or grayish. This type of stain is deep and hard to remove. Intrinsic dental staining is often the result of trauma or overexposure to tetracycline antibiotics or fluoride.

Extrinsic stains affect the tooth enamel. They reside on the surface of the tooth and are easier to remove. Dark colored foods and drinks, such as tomato sauce, dark berries, red wine, soda, and tea, often cause these stains. Professional teeth whitening treatments, such as KöR Deep Bleaching and Zoom Whitening, are an effective ways to remove these stains; however some smiles don’t accept the whitening effects.

If you are suffering from stubborn dental staining, porcelain veneers are a great alternative.

What Are Cosmetic Dental Veneers?

Cosmetic dental veneers are thin shells made from porcelain. Each shell is uniquely created to meet your specific needs. Dr. Denes will smooth the surface of your tooth before applying the shell to the front surface of your tooth. This helps the veneer lie flat, which helps it blend with your surrounding teeth.

Dr. Denes will bond the custom-made shell to your affected tooth to cover up your flawed teeth. Patients who receive cosmetic dental veneers can expect to see dramatic and instant results as soon as the procedure is complete. Dr. Denes can give you a completely new smile in two simple dental visits.

Along with correcting discoloration, veneers effectively fix the appearance of cracked, chipped, misshaped, crooked, or misaligned teeth. Cosmetic dental veneers are often referred to as instant orthodontics. They can cover imperfections to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence.

The Process

When you determine that veneers are the right choice, you can expect to schedule two appointments with Dr. Denes. At your initial visit, she will assess the severity of your stains and prepare the teeth for cosmetic dental veneers. This involves removing a very small amount of enamel to ensure the veneer fits seamlessly over your tooth. Next, she will take impressions of your smile. These impressions will be sent to a local lab, where technicians will fabricate your customized veneers. In order to enhance the appearance of your smile, the color of your veneer will be brighter than your original shade.

At your final appointment, Dr. Denes will permanently place the veneers with a bonding agent. This will correct the imperfection, leaving you with the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you’re interested in cosmetic dental veneers, schedule an appointment with Dr. Denes today by calling 559-297-1294.

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