Do you hide your smile while out with friends or family? Or maybe seeing photos of yourself leads you to think “are my teeth really that yellow?”. If this sounds like you, know that you aren’t alone. More and more patients are turning to The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry for cosmetic dentistry solutions for yellowed, but otherwise healthy, teeth. Your smile is an important part of your appearance; make sure you’re happy with it by exploring our options for patients looking to whiten “yellow” or dull teeth.
Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss offer cosmetic solutions for patients in the Skokie, IL area looking for premium dental care from experienced, highly skilled dentists. We believe smiles should be more than healthy and strong – they should be beautiful, too! Let us help you craft your beautiful smile. Call us at (847) 676-3500 to schedule your cosmetic consultation.
Why Teeth Can Appear “Yellow”
Yellow teeth may not be aesthetically pleasing, but fortunately, a yellowed appearance isn’t harmful to 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 bony tissue that is one of the four main components of a tooth’s structure. Dentin has a natural color that is less white than 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.
Solutions for a Whiter Smile
- Whitening: Professional teeth whitening is not the same as the strips or trays you may find at the drugstore. Our in-office and take-home treatments are approved by the American Dental Association to be safe on tooth enamel. The active ingredient in our treatments, either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, works deeper into layers of enamel below the surface, lifting and removing stains accumulated from food or drink. The result is teeth that are up to eight shades lighter! However, rest assured that you can always control the level of whitening to maintain a natural but healthy appearance. Teeth whitening works best on extrinsic stains, or those tooth stains that are on the outer layers of the teeth.
- Bonding: If you have irregular discoloration on one tooth or one area of a tooth, dental bonding could be the best solution for a uniform smile. Dental bonding uses the same composite material used for fillings to cover irregularities on the surface of teeth. Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss can tint the composite to perfectly match your natural enamel, and smooth and buff the composite to mirror enamel’s glossy finish. With proper care, dental bonding should last about five years.
- Veneers: For yellowed teeth that have deep, intrinsic staining and discoloration due to age, certain medications, or other health conditions, porcelain veneers are often the best solution for a truly transformative smile. Veneers are thin pieces of medical-grade ceramic that are securely bonded to the front surface of teeth. Veneers can correct not only discoloration and yellowed teeth, but crooked or misaligned teeth, irregularly sized teeth, and chipped or worn teeth. Veneers from The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry are custom-fabricated to fit your smile and, once placed, can last up to 20 years. However, veneers are one of the most costly cosmetic solutions and are considered a permanent solution, due to the amount of enamel that must be removed from natural teeth during treatment.
Whiter Teeth in Skokie, IL
If your yellowed or discolored teeth are aging your smile, and you’re looking for the best cosmetic solution, look no further than Dr. Abraham Stein or Dr. Zachary Weiss at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry! Our practice is currently accepting new patients and would love to help you accomplish your whiter, brighter smile goals. Contact us today.