Tooth stains and discoloration can have a negative effect on the way people feel about themselves and the way they are perceived by others. Fortunately, modern teeth whitening treatments allow people to significantly brighten their smiles in the vast majority of cases.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Tooth stains are quite common, even among people who have practiced good oral hygiene throughout their lives.
Unfortunately, some of our favorite foods and beverages can contribute to stains. Some of the most common culprits include tea, coffee, wine and dark colored fruits. Acidic foods can also promote staining by etching the surface of teeth, which leaves them more vulnerable to stains.
Cigarette smoking is also a major contributor to tooth discoloration. With all that said, aging and genetic characteristics can also lead to natural discoloration, even in people who avoid problematic foods and beverages.
Your dentist can help you choose appropriate whitening strategies based on the cause and extent of your tooth discoloration. While many people are able to achieve outstanding results, others are only able to brighten their smiles a few shades. Your dentist can help you set achievable goals based on your unique situation.
What are my Treatment Options?
There are a variety of professional whitening treatments available for patients who want brighter smiles. Some of these treatments are performed in a dentist’s office, while others can be completed at home.
Your dentist will make recommendations based on the condition of your teeth and your ultimate goals. While some patients can benefit from milder whitening treatments, others require more aggressive strategies, due to extensive staining or genetic factors that result in naturally yellowish teeth.
What is the Process Like?
Your treatment process will vary based on the whitening strategy you and your dentist choose. If your dentist uses ZOOM! Whitening, for instance, he or she will apply a lightening gel to your teeth and then use a special light to activate a chemical process which whiten lightens the color. If your dentist uses Opalescence Xtra Boost, 38-percent hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel, you may require more than one visit to achieve the shade your desire.
Your dentist may also provide you with a take-home kit for touch-ups. For these treatments, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and then use these impressions to create customized trays. You will then take these trays home, along with a powerful, professional strength whitening solution and clear application instructions.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
The cost of teeth whitening treatments can vary based on your location, the treatment and the extent of your discoloration. Since teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure, insurance providers generally exclude them from coverage. Our highly trained staff can help you determine the most effective and most affordable treatment option to meet your whitening goals. We are also happy to explain costs, alternatives and payment options, including potential in-house discount plans and financing options for patients who qualify.
How Do I Set up an Appointment?
Contact your local office today. Our staff will be happy to set up an appointment at a time that is convenient for you, including evenings and weekends.