Learn More About Three Dental Whitening Options From Our Saint Louis Cosmetic Dentists

Written by Dr. Grayem on Aug 14, 2012

So you are ready to whiten and brighten your smile: that’s great! Now it’s time to choose the perfect treatment for you, specifically. That’s where our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists come into play. When you come in for your personalized consultation with our dental team we will be able to help you weigh your options. Today we are going to get the ball rolling by reviewing three treatments that are commonly used to whiten and brighten smiles. Let’s get started!

We’ll start off by talking about professional dental whitening; this is the treatment that people most frequently think of when they hear “teeth whitening.” This treatment is non-invasive, fast, and affordable. If you choose professional dental whitening, you will come into our office, and settle in for about an hour in the dentist’s chair. Our dentist will apply a topical whitening formula to your enamel, and then we’ll wait as this solution goes to work lifting surface stains. Once the treatment process is over, we’ll remove the whitening formula, and you can jump back into your normal routine. This treatment process can be repeated over multiple appointments.

This next option does not aim to whiten your natural tooth, rather dental bonding allows our dentist to cover your natural enamel with fresh and white dental resin. Once the dental resin has been applied and shaped, our team will cure the resin so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth. Because dental resin can be shaded to fit the individual patient’s needs, the final bonding will blend in seamlessly with the person’s natural enamel.

LUMINEERS, like dental bonding, cover discolored or unsightly enamel with fresh and clean restorations. LUMINEERS, however, are crafted from porcelain, rather than dental resin. Every LUMINEER is sized, shaped, and shaded to suit the patient’s needs. Then, using a dental grade adhesive, our dentist attaches the LUMINEERS to the appropriate teeth. The results is a bright and natural looking smile.

Every cosmetic dentistry patient has different needs, so the best way to figure out you should whiten your smile is to schedule a consultation with one of our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist. A fresh, white smile is closer than you think thanks to aesthetic dentistry!