You, like many other people, may be dissatisfied with the color of your teeth. If your teeth are discolored, you may feel self-conscious about your looks. The good news is that you may no longer have to settle for discolored teeth. A simple procedure called tooth whitening can help reduce most discoloration and improve your smile.
Teeth can be discolored for many reasons. Discoloration can be caused by aging, illness, medications (such as tetracycline), dental restorations, excessive fluoride, tobacco, coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, and other beverages and foods. Fortunately, there are several options to remove stains for a brighter smile.
As your dentist, I can offer you two choices for whitening: in-office whitening and home-use whitening. In-office whitening is done in a dental office with professionally applied tooth whitening bleaching products available to dentists. Home-use whiteners are dispensed by a dentist for use at home. There are many whitening options currently available to consumers both from the dentist as well as from retail outlets. The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a bleaching product you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns and extremely dark stains. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment. The dentist then supervises the use of bleaching agents within the context of a comprehensive, appropriately sequenced treatment plan.
If you would like to learn about how tooth whitening can make a difference in your smile, please call our office today. Thank you again for choosing us as your dental care provider!