Your smile is a great investment because it’s used continuously; most of us, on average, break out a smile 20 times a day! With something that’s used so frequently, you should love the way it looks. For many people who have dull, discolored, or “yellowed” teeth, professional teeth whitening could be a great option for brighter results in just one appointment. But for long-term, dramatic results, porcelain veneers from your St. Louis, MO dentist could be the option that gives you a smile you’re truly proud to show off. Learn more about both of these cosmetic solutions available from Drs. Mike and Jeremy Frith in St. Louis, MO below!
For the highest level of cosmetic dentistry in St. Louis, MO, schedule a consultation with Drs. Mike or Jeremy Frith at Masterpiece Smiles. Our Smile Gallery shows how we help each individual patient receive a unique, elevated smile that fits their appearance. We can do the same for you, too. Contact us at 636.394.5200.
Why Teeth Become Discolored
Yellow teeth may not be aesthetically pleasing, but fortunately, a yellowed appearance isn’t harmful for a tooth; it’s actually quite natural. Teeth dull or develop a more yellowed appearance as we age. This is because as the enamel surface of teeth wears with age, the layer underneath tooth enamel, called “dentin”, begins to show through. Dentin is a hard tissue that is one of the four main components of a tooth’s structure. Dentin has a natural color that is darker than that of outer enamel.
However, certain lifestyle behaviors and environmental factors can expedite the yellowing process. Smoking, consuming richly-colored foods and drinks such as coffee or tea, and taking certain medications can all contribute to teeth becoming stained on the surface, or developing deeper stains within the inner structure of the tooth.
Professional Whitening for Whiter Teeth
For patients who simply desire a whiter smile, professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective solution that can last up to three years. Professional whitening is best for lifting those tooth stains that are accumulated on the outer layers of teeth, known as “extrinsic” stains. These are usually created from certain lifestyle behaviors such as eating and drinking or smoking.
However, not everyone can benefit from professional whitening. For some patients, deeper, “intrinsic” stains that form within the inner layers of the tooth structure can discolor teeth and unfortunately are not able to be reached by professional whitening treatments. In addition, patients who are looking for a more aligned smile, or want to correct other cosmetic issues such as chipped or undersized teeth may desire a more complete cosmetic solution.
Porcelain Veneers for a Transformative Smile
Porcelain veneers in St. Louis MO are a cosmetic treatment that is effective at offering a totally new and elevated smile, and can come together in just a few appointments at Masterpiece Smiles. To explore porcelain veneers more in depth, view this post, “10 Things to Know When Considering Porcelain Veneers”. In addition, here are some of the most important points you should know when considering veneers from Dr. Mike or Jeremy Frith:
- Porcelain veneers are considered permanent. While veneers maintain the natural strength of your teeth, most dentists will recommend that once veneers are placed, they should be maintained over a lifetime.
- Porcelain veneers are custom-fabricated based on your unique smile. This means that the end result will never appear clunky or oversized. Your veneers will fit the dimensions of your smile while dramatically increasing the aesthetics of your visible teeth.
- Porcelain veneers last up to 20 years. For patients looking for a long-term cosmetic solution, porcelain veneers cannot be beat.
- Porcelain veneers correct a number of cosmetic flaws. For patients who do have additional cosmetic issues that teeth whitening alone can’t address, veneers can offer results of whitening, orthodontics, and dental bonding combined.
The Smile Solution For You
Our dentists have been helping St. Louis patients develop beautiful smiles they love for years, and can help you understand the treatment that will best achieve your smile goals — while working with your budget. By scheduling a cosmetic consultation, you can learn more about both professional whitening and St. Louis MO porcelain veneers, and discover if you are a candidate for treatment. To start your journey towards a more beautiful smile, contact our office. We look forward to seeing you!