The Value of Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth stains are the most common cosmetic dental issue, and can appear on your teeth even when you’re diligent about keeping them clean. The most common forms of teeth stains, known as extrinsic stains, affect the outer layer of your teeth, called enamel. Professional teeth whitening diligently breaks up and removes surface stains, then oxidizes your tooth’s main structure (dentin) underneath the enamel, brightening your smile!
If your teeth stains are internal, or intrinsic, and teeth whitening is not able to erase them, then Dr. Khan might recommend a different cosmetic treatment, such as tooth bonding or porcelain veneers.
At-Home and In-Office Teeth Whitening
To erase teeth stains without taking much time from your hectic daily schedule, we offer an advanced, personalized teeth whitening kit that allows you to brighten your smile from home. The at-home kit consists of custom trays that fit over your teeth, allowing you to apply the gel evenly without the need for a professional. The trays must be worn for the recommended amount of time every day for at least 10-14 days.
If you need a brighter smile but don’t have a couple of weeks, then Dr. Khan can recommend an in-office treatment that only requires a single visit, and can be completed in just over an hour. During your visit, Dr. Khan will carefully apply the bleaching agent, and then stimulate it with a special light several times to achieve optimal results.
Prolong Your Teeth Whitening Results
After erasing stains and brightening your smile with professional teeth whitening, you can prolong your smile’s youthful appearance by taking care to minimize tooth stains in the future:
- Brush and floss carefully every day. Food particles and dental plaque can stain your teeth quickly if not properly removed.
- Drink plenty of water. It stimulates saliva, which naturally rinses your mouth to keep your teeth clean.
- Be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. The mineral strengthens tooth enamel against stains as well as cavities.
- Use mouthwash every time you brush and floss. As a liquid, mouthwash can reach and rinse areas that your toothbrush and floss cannot.
- If you drink wine, coffee, tea, or other darkly-pigmented beverages, do so along with a larger meal to mitigate their teeth-staining properties.
- Request a take-home teeth whitening kit to touch up teeth stains as necessary, and to keep your smile bright and blemish-free in the future!