It can be hard to keep your teeth pearly white. Foods and drinks like coffee, wine, and dark fruits and vegetables can stain your teeth. Nicotine and tobacco soak into your teeth’s pores and can quickly turn them yellow or brown. Even if you have amazing daily hygiene habits – your smile can be affected by discoloration. At Elite Smiles Dental, we want every patient to feel comfortable and confident in their smile. That is why we are happy to offer professional whitening treatments!
Why Aren’t My Teeth White Anymore?
Over time, everyone’s teeth naturally become dark and stained. There are a variety of reasons your teeth may change color, including diet, medication, and heredity.
Some specific culprits include:
· Dark-colored fruits and vegetables
· Certain medications
Unfortunately, some people are more prone to discoloration than others. In these cases, the color of their teeth may change even if they avoid all of these things. There are two main types of tooth stains – extrinsic and intrinsic. Intrinsic stains come from the inside of your teeth. In these situations, your teeth might appear gray or blue. Intrinsic stains usually require other cosmetic treatments like bonding, inlays, or onlays to fix. Extrinsic stains are the most common. These stains are brown or yellow and develop on the surface of your teeth. Thankfully, this is easily treated with professional teeth whitening!
What Is the Difference Between Professional and Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening?
Nearly every supermarket and drug store sell over-the-counter whitening kits. These kits promise amazing results right from home. Unfortunately, store-bought whitening solutions aren’t typically very effective. For the time and money, professional whitening is an overall better option! Whitening, or “bleaching,” solutions contain the compound peroxide. Peroxide is what removes stains and whitens your teeth. While store-bought whitening kits only contain about 6% peroxide, professional gels contain about 35% on average! With proper use, peroxide is both safe and effective.
What Are My Teeth Whitening Options?
For your comfort and convenience, we are proud to offer two whitening options – in-office bleaching or at-home bleaching. In-office bleaching is fast and effective. This treatment usually requires only one visit. For an in-office treatment, our doctors will place a protective shield over your gums to protect them from irritation. He will then apply a peroxide solution to your teeth and use a specialized light to activate the whitening agent. This is the quickest way to see results.
If you would prefer to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home, we also offer at-home whitening solutions. For this treatment, our doctors will take an impression of your teeth. A mouthguard will be custom-created just for you. Once your mouthguard is ready, we will provide you with a high-grade whitening gel. Our doctors will instruct you on how to use the gel and how often to wear your mouthguard for the best results.
Professional whitening is a beautiful, long-lasting fix for dark, discolored teeth. If you would like to learn more about in-office or take-home whitening solutions, contact our office today at 812-232-6654.