Your teeth might be perfectly positioned, perfectly shaped, and perfectly aligned, but if they are discolored you might still be self-conscious about your smile. Teeth whitening in our Irving dental office can give you back your flawless smile.
Preventing Discolored Teeth
Many everyday activities can lead to discolored teeth. The most common causes of discoloration and staining are foods and beverages. Smoking also causes stains on the teeth, and can make even the most perfectly aligned smile look dingy and yellow, or even brown, greatly detracting from its appearance.
Some effective ways to prevent discolored teeth include:
- Avoid smoking
- Reduce consumption of coffee and tea
- Reduce consumption of wine or dark fruit juices
- Maintain diligent everyday dental care
Using a whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening kits can help reduce staining. However, whitening toothpastes sometimes include ingredients that can damage the surface enamel, and over-the-counter whiteners must be handled carefully to prevent irritation to the lips and gums. In addition, these whitening products are simply not as effective as those supplied by your dentist.
Types of Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening administered in our dental office or prescribed by our dentistry team for at-home use is considerably more effective than whitening options found in your local grocery or drug store. Professional strength whitening agents can produce much more dramatic results in a shorter amount of time. Also, since your dentist is careful to protect your teeth and gums during the whitening process, you are less likely to experience irritation or discomfort.
In-office whitening typically consists of application of a whitening agent that is left on the teeth for a period of time, then removed. This process might be repeated two or three times during a single visit for the best possible results. In-office whitening usually lightens teeth as much as five to seven shades in a single visit.
Your dentist might also offer at-home whitening if your staining does not respond well to whitening in the office. This type of teeth whitening uses a whitening agent that is placed in a custom-made tray. You wear the trays for a certain amount of time each day for about two weeks. After your treatment, your teeth will be brighter, whiter, and stain-free.