Cosmetic Dental Truths

Before you whiten your smile, you need to understand some of the common misconceptions about cosmetic dental care. Dr. Young can help explain those confusing dental myths to keep your smile bright. Here are a few tips you should consider before enhancing your teeth.

  1. Not all tooth stains react the same way. Yellow discoloration is often easier to lighten than black or brown stains. Furthermore, if a stain is too deep to remove, Dr. Young may have to use veneers or bonding to hide the discoloration.
  2. Whitening toothpastes don’t alter your enamel. Many over-the-counter whitening products will only remove surface stains. They won’t sink deep into your enamel to actually change the color of your teeth. It’s also important to note that some over-the-counter treatments can erode your enamel and increase your sensitivity.
  3. Don’t over-bleach your teeth. Some people abuse whitening systems and use the solution too long or too often. Excessive whitening can cause erosion, sensitivity, irritation, and discoloration.
  4. There are different shades of white. You don’t want a shade that looks too dull or too blinding. Using different shades of white can make your teeth look uneven and unnatural. Dr. Young will help you decide the shade that works best for you.
  5. Cosmetics won’t keep your teeth healthy. Even if your teeth are white, you still need to brush and floss daily to prevent decay and gum disease. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that more people are concerned with having a beautiful smile than a healthy one. Cosmetic treatments will improve your appearance, but they won’t necessarily improve your health.
  6. You can still ruin your cosmetics. After Dr. Young whitens your teeth, it’s up to you to keep them white. Keep practicing proper hygiene behaviors to protect your cosmetic work.

If you have any questions about dental care or cosmetic enhancements, feel free to discuss your concerns with Dr. Young. Contact our family dentist office in Lafayette at (337) 237-6453 to request a cosmetic consultation.