If you have badly stained teeth or even light discoloration, teeth whitening can brighten your smile and take years off your look. Teeth whitening is a gentle and simple treatment used to enhance your smile. Even if you have cracks or gaps in your smile, teeth whitening can help your teeth appear healthier. Research shows that those with a whiter smile are perceived as more trustworthy and successful, which means they are more likely to get hired for a job. Let’s discuss common questions regarding teeth whitening and what it can do for you.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can sometimes be removed during regular dental cleanings and checkups. Deeper stains require teeth whitening. Tooth discoloration can occur due to aging, tobacco use, trauma to the teeth, or metal fillings that are visible through the tooth.
What kinds of tooth stains are there?
Extrinsic stains discolor the outside of the teeth while intrinsic stains affect the area beneath the tooth enamel. If you are dealing with extrinsic stains, topical treatments work extremely well. At Drs of Smiles, we provide Ultra Dent take home kids and in office tooth whitening with BioLase Laser Bleaching. These options can treat stains caused by coffee, other foods and drinks, and tobacco use.
Intrinsic discoloration may be the result of a thinned out tooth enamel. Tetracycline, fluorosis, or an oral health condition can also contribute to intrinsic discoloration. If this is your situation, our dentists recommend other services to brighten your smile instead of the teeth whitening treatments mentioned.
How long do teeth whitening treatments last?
Teeth whitening treatments can last several years. You can help extend your results by paying special attention to your at home dental care and avoiding foods and beverages that cause stains.
Will tooth whitening hurt my enamel?
Tooth whitening does not hurt tooth enamel. It is gentle and will not damage the structure of your teeth.
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If you are interested in having a brighter and whiter smile this New Year, call Drs of Smiles today. We look forward to helping you have a more confident and radiant smile. You can reach our office at 480-834-6991.