Maintaining a white smile is harder than it seems. The use of tobacco, consumption of dark-colored liquids such as cola, coffee, red wine and some times poor hygiene habits, can all contribute to stubborn tooth stains and discoloration.
The natural aging process can also cause teeth to appear dingy as the enamel thins, exposing the darker dentin layer of tooth structure. Tooth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure that is highly effective at eliminating surface stains and discoloration that affect the outer enamel.
Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
Enhance the look of your smile by undergoing a dental treatment that can make your teeth up to seven shades whiter. Most types of extrinsic stains can easily be removed using a bleaching agent deemed safe for dental use.
However, intrinsic stains can be more difficult to remove, as these types of stains develop inside the tooth.
There are two main types of teeth whitening available:
Due to advancements in dental technology, teeth whitening has become a fast and affordable solution for patients with lackluster smiles. When performed under the supervision of a certified dentist, safeguards are put in place to prevent damage to your teeth, gums, and oral tissues.
For more information about our teeth whitening services, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linger, contact our office today.
Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-white for a number of reasons:
Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. This happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most all cases the sensitivity is only temporary. Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions from your dentist.