Cosmetic Dentist St. Clair Shores
Your smile is one of the first things a person will notice when you meet. If you would like to improve your smile with a simple procedure, teeth whitening may be a great option for you, especially if you have stained, dull or discolored teeth.
Causes of Discolored Teeth
Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, over time, discoloration will occur. The main causes of stained teeth are genetics, antibiotics, tobacco and certain foods. As we age, our teeth darken as well.
While preventing tooth discoloration is nearly impossible, we can help reverse the effects of discoloration by helping to create a whiter and brighter smile.
Whether it’s an in-office treatment or at-home treatment, the principles of teeth whitening are the same. A special whitening agent is applied to the teeth in order to bleach the stains and brighten your smile.
Take a look to see which option is best for you.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is the quickest method to a brighter, whiter smile. With our supervision, we apply a stronger bleaching solution than at-home kits.
During a professional teeth whitening treatment, we will first clean the teeth. We will apply a whitening agent to your teeth, carefully avoiding your gums and soft tissue. Once applied, a laser light will be directed at the teeth to expedite the process. For maximum results, the process may be repeated more than once.
Optimal results are achieved much faster with the professional whitening treatment, and in many ways the results are much better given the nature of the bleaching agents that are used.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
You will find a vast variety of at-home teeth whitening products on the market, including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, trays and more.
At-home teeth whitening results are less comparable to those achieved at the dentist. While at-home teeth whitening is easy to use, it is not recommended if your teeth or gums are sensitive.
Contact Our Cosmetic Dentist
If you are looking to brighten your smile, contact our dentist for a tooth whitening consultation. We will be sure to answer any concerns your may have and help you make the best possible decision for your needs.