Have you ever noticed that young people generally have teeth that look fresh and luminous? This is because young dental patients have dental enamel that is strong and mostly unblemished by stains and damage.
As people get older, they often notice that their smiles start to change in appearance—and not in a good way. As we age our dental enamel may become dull, stained, and kind of dingy.
The good news is that our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists can add some luminosity and freshness back into your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Let’s learn more about how we can take years off of the appearance of your smile.
When we start refreshing a patient’s smile we want to:
· Make the teeth look white—remember “white” means healthy, thick dental enamel
· Correct any dental damage—cracks and chips age the smile
· Ensure that the dental surfaces bounce light and appear luminous
The first treatment that we use to lighten smiles is professional dental whitening. This treatment process involves our dental team applying a lightening gel to the dental enamel. This gel goes to work on the tooth’s surface—removing stains and discoloration.
However, if you have more severe staining, or additional dental damage, we might opt for a comprehensive cosmetic option. Cosmetic LUMINEERS—thin porcelain restorations—can lighten your smile and correct existing dental damage. In the same vein, dental bonding—the process of applying dental resin to enamel—can also restore cracked and chipped teeth while giving the smile a brighter, whiter appearance.
We hope that, after reading this short article, it is clear that there is no shortage of cosmetic options from which you can choose. The best way to determine what type of treatment will be best for your smile is to simply talk to our Orland Park cosmetic dentists, and get customized advice.