If you’d like to instantly get a more youthful smile, then teeth-whitening is one of the easiest ways to achieve that. When stains appear on your teeth, they can often be the result of things like exposure to colorful foods and beverages over the years. Even minor stains can take years off your smile, but fortunately, we can easily brighten them with a custom-designed teeth-whitening treatment. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist explains the options for whitening your smile safely.
What Causes Teeth Stains?
We all know the typical causes of teeth stains from dark-colored beverages such as coffee. But there are many other causes that threaten the whiteness of your teeth. The most common stains that appear on teeth are known as extrinsic stains, meaning they develop on the surface of your tooth’s semi-translucent enamel. Certain bacteria can cause yellow, orange, and green stains. Iron supplements can cause stubborn black staining.
Intrinsic stains are caused by medications, illness, or trauma to the tooth during formation. The appearance of these stains can sometimes be improved with whitening, but they cannot be cleaned from the surface as extrinsic stains can. In some cases, porcelain veneers, or a complete smile make-over, may be necessary to achieve the smile you desire.
Whitening In-Office Versus At-Home
To help make improving your smile as comfortable as possible, we offer two forms of teeth-whitening designed to fit conveniently into your schedule. For in-office bleaching, we’ll carefully apply gel to the surfaces of your teeth, then a special blue light will help create a reaction to quickly erase the stains away. We are sure to get you into a comfortable state and the process will be just about an hour. If you’d rather whiten at home, we can custom-design trays and send you home with your own whitening kit. You can wear the trays and gel for one or two hours a day for about ten days and significantly create a brighter smile.
Whiten Your Teeth with US
Stained teeth take years off your appearance, but erasing stains with custom-designed teeth-whitening will bring a more youthful smile back. To learn more, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213.