Tooth stains fall into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are the yellow and brown stains that occur on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains occur inside your teeth, making them appear gray or blue. Some surface stains can be removed with whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits. However, these approaches are limited and can be painful or can cause tooth and gum sensitivities. Professional teeth whitening is faster, more effective, and longer lasting that treatments you find over the counter. As we age, our teeth darken over time. We can provide you a system that can brighten your teeth by five to ten shades, but maintaining good oral hygiene and steering away from certain foods and beverages will help keep any future whitening services to a minimum.
Our practice will provide you with a teeth-bleaching gel and a set of trays to put it in which have been customized to your teeth. We will then assign a teeth-bleaching regimen for you to follow. The process takes place within the comfort and convenience of your own home. It typically takes five to 14 days to achieve the desired results with this method.
The longevity of your teeth-whitening results depends greatly on how you care for your teeth after the treatment, as well as on how often you indulge in food and drink that causes stains. Results can last anywhere from several months to three years.
Things to avoid:
- Tobacco products
- Coffee and tea
- Red wine
- Any bright-colored drinks
It is important to note, gums and teeth may become sensitive during your treatments. These are, of course, temporary complications, and if they should arise during your whitening treatments we will work with you to minimize any discomfort, while still achieving the results you desire.