A brilliant, attractive smile conveys confidence and vitality. As we age, our teeth naturally darken. One of the most popular ways to enhance your smile and improve your appearance is teeth whitening. Patients can visit the dentist at lunch and leave with a stunning, white smile.
With teeth whitening, we can bleach the enamel to remove discolorations and stains from teeth.
Research and clinical studies show that under the supervision of your dentist, chair-side teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide and/or hydrogen peroxide is safe for both teeth and gums. You can choose from in-office whitening, like Pola! for an immediate transformation or take-home kits, which will gradually brighten your smile over a few weeks.
Why Teeth Stain
Tooth stains fall into two categories - extrinsic and intrinsic stains. The extrinsic, or external, stains only impact the surface of the teeth. Intrinsic stains are present inside the teeth and are harder to remove than extrinsic stains. Usually, extrinsic stains look yellow or brown, while internal stains are typically gray or blue in color.
You can develop teeth staining from a variety of causes including: beverages such as coffee, teas, and cola, aging, medication (antibiotic) staining, trauma, genetics, tobacco, excessive fluoride or insufficient oral hygiene.
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they have been dreaming of with our simple "bleaching" procedure.
At any appointment, just let us know if you would like to begin the bleaching process.
Considerations for Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products are not custom fitted to your specific arrangement of teeth, they can reduce the effectiveness of the whitening and may cause harm to the gums and teeth.