When your teeth are healthy, it can be frustrating to admit that your smile is not as bright and confident as it once was. The aging process and certain lifestyle choices can leave your teeth and smile looking less than their best. The good news is that teeth whitening treatments are available to restore the sparkle to your smile.
Causes of Stained Teeth
If you have been keeping up with oral hygiene at home, and your routine cleaning appointments, you may be wondering why your teeth are stained? There are a variety of reasons why teeth can become discolored, including:
Smoking tobacco products
Drinking dark-colored beverages like tea, coffee and red wine
The consumption of certain medications, like tetracycline
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening involves the application of a high-strength peroxide gel to whiten your teeth to your desired shade. There are various types of whitening systems available, but they generally come down to the application of a whitening gel that is left on the teeth for a certain amount of time. Your dentist may then use a special light to amplify the effects of the whitening agent.
At-Home Whitening Kits
Systems such as Zoom! teeth whitening sometimes offer at-home kits that you can pick up from your dentist. You would typically be wearing a custom-fitted tray over your teeth, which you would fill with a whitening gel. After a specified amount of time, you would remove the tray and rinse your teeth and mouth.
Following your professional teeth whitening treatment, you should notice immediate results. In some cases, you may need to undergo more than one application of the whitening agent to achieve the results that you desire.
When you achieve your desired level of whitening, you will want to make sure that your teeth and smile remain white and bright. The best way to do this is to avoid what led to the staining in the first place, normally drinking beverages that are high in substances call tannins, like coffee, tea and red wine.
If you smoke, quit. This will prevent nicotine staining, and it will improve your overall health.
Schedule Your Treatment
Are you ready to get the dazzling smile of your dreams with a professional teeth whitening treatment? If so, we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule your teeth whitening appointment.