Teeth have a way of becoming a little duller as the years pass. Fortunately, your Pasadena, TX, dentist, Dr. Kevin Gill, offers two cosmetic dentistry options that can help.
How your teeth become stained
Some of the tastiest food and beverage choices are also the ones that stain your teeth. Every time you eat or drink foods that contain darkly colored pigments, your smile becomes a little more stained. Berries, soy sauce, ice pop, candy, sports drinks, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and other foods and beverages contain the pigments.
The dark pigments in these foods and beverages enter tiny pores in your tooth enamel and don't budge no matter how well you brush your teeth. As these pigments build up, your teeth become increasingly dull.
Teeth whitening renews your smile quickly
Teeth whitening can keep your smile bright and white for several years. Best of all, you'll only need to make one visit to the Pasadena dental office to remove your stains. Your dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel to break up stain-causing pigments and whiten your smile.
Most people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in their smiles after whitening. A whitening session can renew your smile in just about an hour and offers the least expensive way to brighten your smile.
Veneers offer a longer-term whitening your option
Veneers offer a long-lasting way to whiten your teeth. The plastic or porcelain shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth, the areas where dental stains are most noticeable. Veneers may be no thicker than a fingernail, but they provide a very effective way to keep stains out of sight. The restorations are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your veneers fit your teeth perfectly.
Veneers are stain-resistant and won't become dull even if you drink tea, coffee, or cola every day or eat foods that contain dark pigments. The restorations last 10 to 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.
Whiten your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call your dentist in Pasadena, TX, Dr. Gill, at (713) 947-0293 to schedule an appointment.