Caring Cosmetic Dental Professionals in Florence
Everyone wants to feel and look their best, which is why we proudly offer various cosmetic dentistry services. Your smile can say so much about you, and we want to make sure you’re putting the best smile forward. The dentists at Heiden Dental Office will help you understand which cosmetic changes will best transform your smile.
Specialized Whitening Treatments
Discolored teeth affect most people to some degree. Discoloration happens naturally as we age but can also worsen depending on certain factors. For example, smoking, drinking red wine and coffee and sustaining an injury can all cause discoloration. It’s important to keep in mind that there is extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration. Extrinsic discoloration occurs when tooth enamel becomes stained. Smoking, food and drink can cause these outer stains. Intrinsic discoloration occurs when the dentin, or inner tooth, changes in color. Tooth trauma or damage and genetic issues affect this inner coloration.
Depending on the cause of the discoloration, the whitening treatment process will vary. Keep in mind also that intrinsic discoloration will most likely be more difficult to treat than extrinsic. After all, extrinsic stains can often be lessened by paying close attention to what you consume and following the proper brushing and flossing routines at home.
While at-home whitening kits and treatments are very popular, you shouldn’t undertake any whitening procedure without first consulting a dentist. We’ll help you understand which whitening treatments will work best for your teeth and whether or not an at-home treatment is even healthy for your teeth.
Custom Bonding Solutions
Tooth discoloration can also be resolved with dental bonding, a procedure often used to repair chipped or cracked teeth as well. When you’re concerned about how your teeth look, dental bonding can be a simple yet effective solution. In this procedure, a special resin is applied to the damaged or discolored teeth. This resin will be color matched to your existing teeth and should be nearly indistinguishable from your “natural” teeth. Bonding will last for a number of years, but it will of course last even longer if you’re brushing and flossing correctly.