Do you have unsightly discoloration on the surfaces of your smile? Instead of trying to remove them with less-than-stellar store-bought options, we can offer a professional solution. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist about our professional teeth whitening.
The Causes of Your Stained Teeth
Why do our teeth develop unsightly yellow and brown stains? These could be due to a number of different factors. For example, plaque buildup brought on by improving brushing and flossing and a diet high in sugar and starch could coat the teeth in a sticky layer that makes stains more likely to occur. Consuming drinks with tannins and dark pigments, such as coffee, red wine, soda, and tea, is a factor as well. Using tobacco products discolor the smile too. As part of your treatment, we will assess the cause and extent of your discoloration, so we can brighten your teeth with the right whitening procedure.
Our team offers an in-office teeth whitening procedure that brightens smiles in a single visit, usually within one to two hours total. Often, this is helpful for people who need fast results before a first date or a job interview, or if you would like to brighten your smile following a checkup and cleaning. The procedure is simple. We first place a protective covering on your lips and gums, and then place a powerful bleaching gel to the teeth. A special light then activates the gel, which breaks up discoloration and brightens teeth quickly.
Erasing Stains at Home
Our team could also offer an at-home option, one that is simple to use and that can tackle more substantial discoloration, without causing tooth sensitivity. To get started, you will stop by the office so we can take digital impressions of your smile and use them to create a set of plastic trays. You return home with these trays and several plastic syringes of a powerful bleaching solution. Each day, you add the gel to the trays and wear them for about 30 to 45 minutes on average. The trays ensure the results are even across your smile, and prevent saliva from diluting them. You repeat this for about one to two weeks, depending on our recommendations. For many, teeth could be several shades brighter! The trays and leftover gel are then yours to use as needed in the future.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening, or about masking stains with treatments like dental bonding or porcelain veneers, then contact our team today to learn more.
Interested in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about how our team treats major dental discoloration.