Give Your Smile The Brightness and Confidence it Needs!

WhiteningWhitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth, provided that the patient shave healthy and sound enamel. The yellower inner core of your teeth, the dentin, can dictate the color of the outer layer enamel. The limitation of a whitening treatment is the color of the under lying dentin, which varies from person to person.

Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.

One type of stain caused by traumatic injuries, medications,or fluorosis actually begins from the inside of the tooth; brushing and flossing will not help because this is an intrinsic stain. The other type of stain that can be more easily removed by brushing, flossing,and rinsing is caused by external factors such as foods.  This is an extrinsic stain, and whitening procedures are much more effective in treating extrinsic stain.

More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and the enamel abuse from food and tobacco stains.

Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains, making teeth a few shades brighter. Over-the-counter whitening systems are also somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and the directions followed closely. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your teeth’s enamel.

Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but are only effective on certain types of stain. For example, bleaching agents are not very effective inremoving brownish or grayish stains. These products are also not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. In these cases, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate.

Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and the safest method!

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