PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING
We all love to enjoy coffee, tea, wine, and many other foods that stain our teeth as a side effect. Light staining may be treated with a whitening toothpaste or low-strength teeth-whitening strips. However, heavy staining or years of staining will likely require professional teeth whitening treatment.
Internal vs. External Teeth Stains
Tooth stains can be classified as either internal stains or external stains. Internal stains are stains that are built into the tooth structure. These types of stains usually occur during the development of teeth in younger years. External stains are surface-level stains that occur from eating certain foods, consuming certain drinks, smoking, etc.
External staining can be treated with teeth whitening products; however, internal stains can only be treated with specific cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers.
Professional vs. Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Treatment
When it comes to teeth whitening treatments, there are over-the-counter (OTC) options and professional dental options.
Over-the-counter options are only available in low strength concentrations for safety during general use. Professional teeth whitening options provided by a dental office are in a higher concentration since they are administered by a dental professional. Higher-strength teeth whitening products result in quicker and better teeth whitening results.
Keep in mind that professional teeth whitening products are made for home use when provided by your dental professional, along with the appropriate instructions for safe use.
How Long Does It Take?
The treatment length depends on how many shades lighter you would like for your teeth. The majority of patients experience great whitening results after just one treatment. However, additional treatment may be needed depending on the amount of staining present. It is recommended to have a dental cleaning first to remove as much plaque build-up as possible to make the whitening process more effective.
Contact us today to learn more about our professional teeth whitening options. We have options to suit every smile and budget.