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Whether your teeth are deeply stained or have simply become dull over the years, teeth whitening is a wonderful way to brighten your smile. It can minimize the visibility of imperfections and take years off your appearance. Cosmetic & neuromuscular dentist Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro offer you the option of fast, dramatic whitening in their office or a gentle, gradual process using a take-home kit.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening, also called tooth bleaching, is one of the easiest and least invasive ways to improve your smile. Imperfections such as crooked teeth or small gaps become less important, and your teeth look healthier when they are white and bright. Studies have shown that people with stained teeth appear to be in bad health or to have bad hygiene and look older than they really are. But people with white teeth are perceived as being more successful, attractive, and trustworthy, and whiter teeth can improve your chances of being hired for a job, receiving a raise, and even getting a date.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
- Trauma to your teeth
- Metal fillings that show through the tooth structure
- Tobacco use, which creates dark yellow and brown stains
- Excessive fluoride which can give a grayish color
- Ingesting coffee, black tea, red wine, or any strongly pigmented food or drink
Some of this discoloration is removed when you have your regular professional cleaning and check-up. But some needs an extra treatment, and that is why Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro offer teeth whitening in their office.
Types of Tooth Stains
There are two different types of tooth stains:
Extrinsic – on the outside of the teeth
Intrinsic – underneath tooth enamel
Extrinsic stains often respond very well to topical treatments. We offer in-office tooth whitening with BioLase Laser Bleaching as well as convenient UltraDent take-home kits. Both of these tooth whitening options can assist in the removal of stains resulting from foods and beverages, tobaccos use, and similar causes of tooth discoloration. However, if stains are below the enamel, these topical options may actually serve to enhance their appearance, making them ill fitted for intrinsic stains.
Intrinsic discoloration may be a product of thinning tooth enamel. It may also be caused by tetracycline, fluorosis, or an oral or systemic health condition. If you have this type of staining, whitening the enamel surrounding the discoloration will only enhance its appearance. In these cases, our cosmetic dentists recommend services that fully cover the surface of teeth to produce a bright, white, stain-free appearance.
The types of stains affecting your teeth play a direct role in your tooth whitening options. The best way to learn which of these options is ideal for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at Drs of Smiles in Mesa, AZ.
Teeth Whitening Procedure
Teeth whitening can be performed alone to improve the look of your smile or in combination with other procedures, such as replacement of metal fillings with white ones, to complete your new look. Your tooth whitening will be customized to fit your needs and goals. If you want fast, dramatic results, Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro can give you a speed treatment in his office using BioLase Laser Bleaching, for quick, dazzling results. If you’d prefer a more subtle, gradual change he offers the UltraDent take-home kit. Either way, your teeth will become far more bright and attractive.
Our Mesa Cosmetic Dentists offer you the option of a speed treatments in the office using BioLase Laser Bleaching or a gentle treatment using the UltraDent take-home kits. Our in-office BioLase Laser Bleaching applies a light-activated gel to your teeth, and a protective gel to your gums and lips. The laser light is then used to bleach your teeth quickly and painlessly.
The UltraDent take-home kit uses trays that are specially made to fit your teeth. You can wear the trays while you sleep or for about 60 minutes each day. The whitening gel ceases to act after about 60 minutes, but wearing them at night may be more convenient than during the day.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The results of tooth whitening can last for several years. You can extend the results by taking good care of your teeth with proper brushing, flossing and avoiding foods and beverages that cause stains. Drs of Smiles also recommend the use of touch up procedures including gels, strips and toothpaste.
Does Laser teeth whitening hurt?
No. The laser we use to lighten your teeth in-office avoids excess heat, and the protective gel we put on your lips and gums blocks it from that soft tissue. Both the in-office and take-home treatments are gentle and non-invasive.
Does tooth whitening damage enamel?
No, tooth whitening is gentle and non-invasive. It will not harm the enamel or weaken the structure of your teeth.
Alternative Options to Teeth Whitening
All of these options are sized, shaped, and colored to integrate seamlessly into your smile and produce natural-looking but aesthetically superior results. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro will evaluate your smile and listen to your needs and goals in seeking cosmetic dentistry. Depending on your specific needs, it may be beneficial to combine one of these services with topical whitening to completely optimize your smile.
My teeth are crooked. Will whitening still work for me?
Yes. Teeth Whitening is a great option for people who don’t have straight teeth. The BioLase method treats each individual tooth. Our take-home kits include trays which are specially made to fit your teeth, so your entire tooth is whitened, not just the most prominent areas. Tooth whitening will not change the alignment of your teeth, but it can make any misalignment appear less important, in view of their beautiful whiteness.
Can I whiten fillings and crowns?
No. Metal alloys and porcelain do not respond to tooth whitening agents. If you have dark or discolored fillings we can replace them with porcelain fillings, or with white composite fillings, which are both color-matched to your teeth and almost impossible to detect with the naked eye.