It can be hard to keep your teeth pearly white. A variety of foods and drinks can stain your teeth. Nicotine and tobacco soak into the pores of your teeth 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 foods
· 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 veneers, 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 typically aren’t 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 22% 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 an at-home whitening solution. For this treatment, our doctors will take a digital scan of your teeth. Whitening trays will be custom-created just for you. Once your whitening trays are 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 whitening trays for the best results.
Professional whitening is a beautiful, long-lasting fix for dark, discolored teeth. If you would like to learn more about our take-home whitening solution and to see if you are a candidate, contact our office today at 812-232-6654.