Is your overall oral health excellent, but you’re embarrassed by discolored enamel, subtle misalignment, or other slight imperfections? Then, there are cosmetic dentistry solutions that can help. If you live in Lafayette, Delcambre, or other surrounding south-central Louisiana communities and are actively looking for a respectful and respectable cosmetic dentist, look no further than Dr. Michael J. Young. Dr. Young balances contemporary technology with excellent care with almost two decades of experience under his belt. Experience his signature hometown experience by scheduling a cosmetic dentistry consultation today. Teeth whitening and veneers can work alone or together to dramatically improve how your smile looks.
What can teeth whitening accomplish?
Are your teeth starting to look a little dingy after indulging in coffee, tea, or other highly pigmented beverages and foods? Are your teeth starting to yellow or brown because of tobacco use? Surface-level (extrinsic) staining occurs when tawny-colored residue accumulates in the natural, protein-rich protective film covering our natural enamel. Teeth whitening treatments work best for extrinsic stains. Our Lafayette cosmetic dentist offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening options.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Do you have an hour of free time? If so, you should schedule an in-office whitening appointment. After your in-office whitening session, you should be able to notice a remarkable difference as you walk out the door.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Many companies advertise plenty of do-it-yourself teeth whitening solutions online and in-store. However, there are risks and consequences associated with trusting any run-of-the-mill DIY teeth whitening company. Most whitening strips, trays, and gels are cookie-cutter solutions. These might whiten your teeth over a few weeks or months (if at all). Moreover, the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that dental sensitivity and gingival inflammation are common adverse reactions to teeth whitening.
Instead, we suggest investing in a professional tooth whitening kit. Professional kits are best suited for those who prefer a progressive whitening treatment in the comfort of their own home. Our cosmetic dentist creates custom-fit trays in person. Subsequently, he prescribes a just-the-right amount of bleaching agent to effectively, safely, and comfortably whiten your teeth.
What can veneers accomplish?
Veneers are shell-like sheets of ceramic that fit comfortably over natural teeth. Beyond addressing both extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration, veneers can also improve the appearance of teeth that have minor flaws. For example, veneers can expertly hide mishapen teeth. They can also cover cracks, chips, and mild alignment issues. Relatively, veneers are a quick cosmetic dentistry fix. Our cosmetic dentist can apply veneers in just a few visits over a few weeks. Thus, leaving you with a natural-looking, dazzling smile.
What happens if you combine teeth whitening and veneers?
Some individuals combine teeth whitening and veneers for a truly breath-taking transformation! By merging both teeth whitening and color-matched veneers, our cosmetic dentist can address both forms of dental staining, structurally damaged teeth, and other cosmetic flaws. Since only natural enamel responds to whitening treatment, it’s wise to whiten teeth before applying veneers.
Ask our Lafayette Cosmetic Dentist How You Can Obtain the Smile of Your Dreams
Before considering cosmetic dentistry treatments (such as teeth whitening or veneers), you must check if your teeth and gums are healthy. So, Dr. Young inspects your smile and can address oral health concerns before addressing cosmetic concerns. After, he might recommend teeth whitening, veneers, or both to maximize results. If you have an aesthetically imperfect smile, call 337-237-6453 or message us online to book an appointment with our caring cosmetic dentist.