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If you have tried tooth whitening with little or no success, porcelain veneers may be the solution for you. They can give you a dazzling, white smile even if your teeth are resistant to the whitening process. Porcelain veneers are also a great solution if you want to address other problems such as crooked or chipped teeth, discolored teeth, or broken teeth.
Tooth whitening is amazingly effective; however, some staining is still resistant to the whitening process.Staining on the inside of your teeth is called intrinsic staining. Intrinsic staining can be caused in childhood while your teeth are developing, or it can happen in adulthood. Intrinsic staining may be caused by:
- Medications, such as tetracycline
- Fluorosis (exposure to excessive chlorine while your teeth were developing)
- Dental trauma
Intrinsic staining is not always resistant to whitening. When it is, porcelain veneers can be used to cover the discoloration.
Damaged Teeth and Staining
Even if whitening works on your teeth, it is not the best solution for discoloration that is caused by damage to your tooth or teeth. Chipped teeth and eroded tooth enamel will darken quickly, but these teeth need to be sealed, not just “bleached.”
If you have a chipped tooth, you are probably aware of it. You may not be aware of tooth erosion, if it is mild. Tooth erosion is caused by acids, including those found in soft drinks, stomach acid, and chlorine.
Damage to tooth enamel can cause painful, sensitive teeth, and it can progress to serious tooth decay. Depending on the severity and location of the damage, porcelain veneers can prevent the rapid recurrence of discoloration while sealing and protecting your teeth. Your smile will be more beautiful and it will be healthier and more comfortable as well.
Combining Veneers and Whitening
Porcelain veneers can be an alternative to tooth whitening, but it not always an “either, or” situation. If you only have one or two teeth that do not respond to whitening, and do not have other teeth with flaws you would like to correct, you may want to have a combination of tooth whitening and porcelain veneers.
When you choose both, Calgary dentist Dr. Silver will whiten your teeth first so that he can perfectly match the color of your veneers to your optimal shade.
To learn more about your options for a dazzling smile, in Alberta, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic and schedule your consultation today.