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Tooth Whitening

In a case where, for various reasons, one tooth becomes discolored and doesn’t match the rest of the teeth in a mouth, a cosmetic dentist can then do what is called “tooth whitening.”

Several things can cause a single tooth to become discolored. Whether it’s staining by coffee, tea, or cigarettes, genetics or damage to the root, singular tooth whitening is an option to blend in the shade of one with the rest of the mouth.

Despite what you may think, not every tooth in the mouth is the exact same shade naturally. Whitening one tooth should take that into consideration, along with which procedure is best in each individual situation. It's a good idea to discuss each procedure and what it involves with your cosmetic dentist.

  • Tooth bleaching is the most common form of whitening because it's inexpensive. Typically, bleaching is most effectively used on a tooth that is only mildly stained or discolored.
  • For more severely discolored teeth, tooth veneers are an option when whitening a single tooth is necessary. Veneers are small, fitted pieces of porcelain or plastic that are glued or cemented on the exterior of a stained tooth. Used for other procedures in cosmetic dentistry as well, veneers are very durable, lasting up to fifteen years, are quite resistant to stains, making tooth veneers a popular tooth whitening choice.
  • The latest form of tooth whitening is laser bleaching. Laser bleaching is a very effective way to whiten a severely discolored tooth or one in need of a minor bleach. Laser bleaching is an innovative procedure and the future of whitening techniques.

Tooth whitening is an effective and generally simple way to improve appearance of the mouth as a whole. In the end, tooth whitening could be a perfect choice to brighten your smile, and give you the self confidence you deserve.