For years the most popular cosmetic dental procedures have been designed to brighten teeth or to cover up stains. These procedures include whitening or bleaching and porcelain veneers. Maybe this doesn't come as a big surprise to you. What is more pleasing to the eye than a luminous, white smile?
What may be surprising is that these and other, more involved procedures (with functional benefits) are well-established, with roots going back centuries in some cases. Around 4,000 years ago, Egyptians mixed stone with wine vinegar to create a whitening paste, which sounds far better than the preferred whitener of ancient Romans: urine. This unappetizing approach supposedly got its power from ammonia, a bleaching agent.
We don't have to go as far back for veneers. Dentist Charles Pincus invented snap-on removable caps in the 1920s. These early veneers were removed daily for eating and sleeping. Legendary stars like Shirley Temple, Mae West, and Bob Hope all sported them to cover unsightly teeth and gaps. In the case of Shirley Temple, the then-8-year-old's baby teeth had fallen out, and she photographed better with these Hollywood veneers. The problem with early veneers is they were worn only temporarily, and earlier versions may have either appeared fake or, while beautiful, may not have been durable. Porcelain veneers securely applied by Big Smile Dental are as strong as they are beautiful.
Many ways to whiten, eliminate stains ...
Not all dentists who offer teeth whitening in Illinois provide options. Some may be advocates for in-office bleaching, while others swear by home whitening trays. In professional hands, your trusted Chicagoland dental providers offer both a chairside option and one that you can apply from the comfort of your home.
Do you desire a dramatically brighter smile right now? You can achieve that goal in a single dental visit. Are you looking for more gradual results? The dentists will customize a tray to fit your mouth that, when worn up to an hour each day, delivers the active whitening ingredient that transforms the color of your teeth.
Whether you want to regain the natural white of your teeth with home bleaching systems or you are opting for a dramatic smile makeover that may combine office bleaching or veneers with any number of treatments customized to your needs, these approaches can be life-changers. Experience whitening treatments to improve your appearance, alone or in combination with procedures designed to improve the function of your teeth. Call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 to schedule an appointment.