If you feel your smile is less than perfect, it’s time to talk to our dentist at David Kirkpatrick DDS about professional teeth whitening treatment. This is the safest and most effective way to return those pearly whites to their original whiteness in no time! Our dentist will examine your teeth to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo whitening and then recommend the most suitable option.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
As we age, our enamel naturally becomes thinner and more transparent. While some people are more prone to yellowing than others, this is a natural process that occurs as we age.
Certain foods and drinks also cause staining. Coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, and certain foods like berries can all lead to teeth becoming dull and yellowed over time. The acidity of these substances breaks down the enamel and causes it to become discolored. Patients who don’t practice proper oral hygiene can also see their teeth stained from food particles stuck between teeth or along the gum line.
Types of Teeth Whitening
In-Office Teeth Whitening
For this procedure, our dentist will apply a whitening gel to your teeth and use a special light to activate its bleaching agents and speed up the whitening process. At the end of your session, our dentist will talk to you about how to maintain and care for your new smile.
Options for over-the-counter teeth whitening products include toothpaste, mouthwashes, or strips. These generally don’t whiten teeth as much as in-office whitening treatments but are an option for patients who don’t need dramatic results, such as touch-ups after the professional whitening treatment. However, it’s important to remember that some cases of intrinsic stain will be less responsive to topical bleaching agents (like those used in OTC whitening options). In these cases, an in-office procedure may be necessary to achieve your desired results.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening has many benefits, including brightening your smile and preventing future staining. Your smile will become dull due to aging and lifestyle habits such as drinking coffee or wine regularly, smoking, and poor oral hygiene. Discoloration can be reversed with a professional teeth whitening treatment performed by our dentist. You will achieve a whiter smile in just one hour by undergoing an in-office laser whitening procedure. Professional whitening bleaching gel is also more potent than you can purchase over the counter, so you’ll have better and faster results.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that removes stains and discoloration from teeth, brightening the smile. If you have questions about teeth whitening, visit David Kirkpatrick DDS at 870 NW Washington Blvd Suite A, Hamilton, OH 45013, or call (513) 868-3600.