The most common causes of tooth stains and superficial discoloration are the foods and beverages we consume as well as the use of tobacco products. Coffee, tea, red wine, dark-colored berries, and natural and artificial food colorings can all cause stains, and foods that are high in acid content can temporarily soften tooth enamel, allowing these stains to penetrate more deeply. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco can all cause teeth to become yellow or brown. All of these problems are exacerbated when patients don’t brush and floss properly or when dental cleanings are delayed. Fortunately, these issues affect the more superficial layers of teeth and can be treated with professional teeth whitening treatments. Deep discoloration in the central portion of the tooth can be caused by trauma, infection, root canal procedures, chronic diseases and long-term use of certain medications. These issues usually need other approaches like veneers or crowns to hide the discoloration.
Professional teeth whitening usually is performed right after a cleaning so the tooth surfaces are free of plaque and tartar and the whitening gel can penetrate more effectively and more consistently. During an in-office teeth whitening procedure, a guard is placed around the lips to ensure the gel is not wiped off the teeth and to make it easier for the gel to penetrate. Gel is carefully applied to each tooth, then a special light is applied to help the gel penetrate the surfaces. The procedure takes about an hour to complete and produces dramatic results.
Yes, professional teeth whitening uses materials and techniques designed to be completely safe when used under a dentist’s supervision.
Some patients may experience mild sensitivity during teeth whitening, but these effects will resolve soon after treatment has ended.
Yes. Professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents and techniques designed to provide more consistent, more dramatic and longer-lasting results in far less time than drugstore teeth bleaching products.
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