Do you look at your smile in the mirror and wish it could be brighter? We understand, as many of our patients have come to our office looking to rid themselves of unsightly teeth stains. In order to help, we provide professional teeth whitening. We actually have two different versions available to help you achieve a brighter smile.
What Causes Teeth Stains?
There are two places discoloration can form, on the surface of our teeth (extrinsic) and below the enamel (intrinsic). Extrinsic stains can be caused by foods high in sugar or drinks with dark pigments (such as soda, tea, red wine, and coffee). Smoking and poor oral hygiene (which causes plaque buildup) can also lead to surfacing staining.
Stains below the enamel can form as a result of injury to the tooth, as well as fluorosis or exposure to tetracycline at a young age.
We will place a protective covering over the lips and gums before applying a bleaching gel to the teeth. We then employ a light to activate the gel and lift discoloration in as little one to two hours. We can address extrinsic discoloration with this option.
With this option, we send the patient home with a set of trays and a bleaching gel. At home, the patient will fill the tray with gel and wear it for between one and two hours a day, total treatment time taking about one to two weeks. With the take-home kit, we can address extrinsic stains and often minor intrinsic stains as well. If you have any questions about our teeth whitening options, or what you can do to avoid discoloration, then please contact our office today.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.