Quiz: Gaining And Sustaining A White Smile

What does it take to make sure your teeth look their best? One common concern people have is over the color of their teeth. Simply put, a dull, discolored smile can hurt your overall appearance, sap your confidence, and be a general source of frustration or embarrassment. Cosmetic dentistry offers treatments that can have a major impact on the condition of your smile. Through a professional whitening treatment, you can see real, positive changes. However, if you suffer from intrinsic discoloration, your dentist may steer you towards an alternative treatment. While whitening agents work well against stains in your enamel, a different approach can be needed when your teeth are stained due to internal issues.


True Or False: Using professional whitening agents to address intrinsic discoloration can be ineffective.

True Or False: After a professional whitening treatment, you can reduce your risk for future stains by limiting your consumption of acidic items, as acids can soften your enamel, and make it easier for staining particles to stick to teeth.

True Or False: You can see an improvement in the whiteness of your smile when you have porcelain veneers placed.


True! Whitening agents attack stains in your enamel. In fact, they can reach stains that store bought products fail to improve. Unfortunately, internal problems that cause discoloration can persist even after a standard whitening treatment.

True! Acidic items (like soft drinks) can make your enamel soften, and this can make it easier for particles to stick to teeth, and cause stains.

True! Patients with intrinsic discoloration can use porcelain veneers to cover up intrinsic discoloration, as the veneers cover the front of teeth, and hide blemishes, as well as damages and congenital issues.

Your Dentist Can Help You Enjoy A Brighter, Whiter Smile

Through cosmetic dental work, you can make impressive changes to your appearance. If you want whiter teeth, you may be the ideal candidate for a whitening treatment. However, if your problems are caused by something other than teeth stains, your dentist can work with you and provide a cosmetic treatment that offers the changes you desire. At Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer cosmetic, restorative, and preventive services, and are proud to work with patients from Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call our dental office in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808.