Teeth Whitening and Dental Veneers Treatments from our Saint Louis Cosmetic Dentists Take Years off of the Appearance of Teeth

Written by Dr. Grayem on Jan 22, 2013

We see our teeth everyday—you probably take a look at your teeth when you brush and floss, when you check your appearance in the mirror, and after a meal when you check for food stuck in your teeth! Since you’re constantly aware of the appearance of your teeth, you may not notice small aesthetic changes that accumulate over time. Your teeth, like the rest of your body, change with age. Over time your teeth can become darker, stained, and with dull enamel.

Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office offers a number of different treatments to lighten and refresh the appearance of your smile. There are a number of factors that can improve the appearance of your smile…

1. color—obviously white teeth are younger and cleaner looking than dark or stained teeth, so you cosmetic treatment should give the outside of your teeth a bright, white appearance

2. luster—young enamel is luminous and it reflects light. Cosmetic treatments that bring luminosity back to dull teeth can give your smile a radiant appearance.

3. texture—smooth enamel is both attractive and easier to keep clean. If your enamel is grooved or pitted, you may consider cosmetic dentistry that will smooth the appearance of the enamel.

The leading cosmetic treatments used to refresh patients’ smiles are…

Professional teeth whitening treatments—these treatments lighten natural enamel. This is a great option for patients with healthy teeth who want to eliminate surface stains.

Porcelain dental veneers—veneers are often used to correct more severe cosmetic problems such as irregular enamel surface texture, and whitening-resistant stains and discoloration.

Which one is right for you? You can learn more at your cosmetic consultation. During this meeting our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists will walk you through your treatment options and get a better understanding of your unique dental goals.