Yellow Teeth and Thin Enamel: What Options Are Best For A Whiter Smile?

During the winter months, many people take the opportunity to work on their physical appearance so that when summer rolls around again they are a better version of themselves than before. This body transformation does not just occur in the gym, and a beautiful smile is a perfect accessory to a well-toned bod. As someone who has noticed a yellowing of their teeth in recent years, you would probably love to get a whiter, brighter smile. So is teeth whitening the way forward considering your dental situation? Or is there another way to get the bright smile you long for. These are the two choices you need to consider.

Teeth Whitening and Thin Enamel

Before you head off down to the chemist to buy an at-home teeth whitening kit, it pays to make a dentist appointment first. When it comes to whitening teeth, the amount of dentin which is currently showing determines whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening or not. If your enamel is so thin that dentin is exposed, then whitening your teeth using chemicals or laser could have a catastrophic effect. Not only could you end up with permanently sensitive teeth, but you could also damage the pulp of your teeth.

Make an appointment with your dentist to see whether your enamel is thick enough for damage-free teeth whitening. If it is, your dentist must do it for you to ensure the right strength of whitening agent is used. If your enamel is too damaged, then you need to consider option B.

Porcelain Veneers and Thin Enamel

A porcelain veneer is a thin cover which goes over the front of your discoloured tooth. While porcelain veneers are more expensive than a teeth whitening treatment, they are beneficial to thin enamel teeth for two reasons. Firstly, once the veneer is attached to the tooth, it protects the enamel from further damage. This is because the veneer is bonded to the tooth, so it covers the tooth like a shell. Secondly, the veneer is already white, so it does not need to be chemically treated or whitened. The rest of your teeth which do not need veneers can be cleaned and/or whitened so they match the veneer.

Make an appointment with your dentist to discuss which aesthetic dental care options work best based on your current dental health. Getting on top of this process now means your while smile will be ready right in time to join your summer body.