Saint Louis Cosmetic Dentist Explains Tooth Whitening Options

Written by Dr. Grayem on Oct 11, 2011

Let’s face it, we aren’t all blessed enough to be born with a sparkling white, Hollywood smile. But to be honest, few people are—that’s why there are so many effective cosmetic dentistry treatments available for patients of all ages! If you’ve noticed that your smile is looking dull, dark, or dingy you should know that you have options. There’s no reason to live with a smile that you don’t love.


Now we can’t control all tooth discoloration—some staining is inevitable either from environmental factors or aging dental enamel. As we age our teeth naturally accumulate stains and dental enamel becomes thinner and consequently less white. Depending on your situation you may benefit from some of the following cosmetic treatments.


Teeth whitening: teeth whitening treatments remove stains and debris from dental enamel by cleaning the teeth thoroughly. Professional dental cleanings, scaling, and planing can all whiten the appearance of dental enamel. Daily oral hygienic maintenance is important for keeping a white smile, and a professional cleaning can further elevate your smile’s whiteness.


Teeth bleaching: teeth bleaching treatments utilize hydrogen or carbamide peroxide to bleach dental enamel. Professional teeth bleaching treatments are administered by our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists in-office, and we also offer take-home formulations to keep teeth sparkling.


Dental veneers: veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are affixed directly to teeth, effectively resurfacing the appearance of enamel. Veneers can be truly transformative; they are especially useful for patients with staining that is resistant to traditional whitening and bleaching methods.


Teeth whitening cosmetic treatment can take years off of the appearance of your smile. If your teeth are looking old and worn down, don’t hesitate to take action with cosmetic treatment. Give our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists a call if you have any questions—(314) 332-1307.