If your teeth have become dull or discolored due to the staining effects of coffee, tea, cigarettes, or wine – or even due to aging – teeth whitening can restore your smile’s original brilliance.
There are a variety of consumer teeth whitening products available on the market – many advertised as “instant whiteners” – but results vary greatly for each individual. It is essential that whitening should be undertaken by professionals for the best results..
Teeth whitening are not always successful on discolored teeth. Teeth with congenital abnormalities can’t be bleached successful. It is in cases like this that veneers or porcelain crowns can be the treatment of choice.
Veneers are very thin facings of porcelain that are cemented to the front of teeth to improve the appearance of teeth, and may solve many minor aesthetic problems by enhancing the shape and color of teeth.
Veneers are used to correct worn, chipped, misaligned, stained or otherwise discolored teeth. Veneers are actually not indicated in patients with a bruxing habit as it can’t withstand the excessive forces. Veneers are also not indicated in teeth with existing large restorations or excessive loss of tooth structure.
Crowns (especially full porcelain crowns) can be utilized for esthetic restoration of a worn dentition. Crowns are most of the time the treatment of choice for esthetic dental treatment in the following situations:
- Patients with a bruxing habit.
- Congenitally malformed teeth.
- Teeth with large fillings.
- Spacing between teeth due to Periodontal treatment.