Did you know that you can whiten your teeth back to their original color? You can even go lighter if you'd like. You may have tried over-the-counter whitening products at home with little results, and wondered if you'd have a better experience at the dentist? We're here to tell you, yes, you will. We offer three ways to get whiter teeth and explain each below, but first, let's talk about what stains your teeth.
How do teeth get stained?
As we age, so do our teeth. Naturally, the teeth will begin to change color. Things we do, eat, and drink, can also affect color and staining of teeth that normal washing and flossing can't erase. The following are common causes of teeth stains and discoloration.
- Smoking nicotine/chewing tobacco
The list is a few of the biggest causes of staining but isn't exhaustive.
Three Methods to Whiten Teeth
At our office, we offer three ways to whiten your teeth. Whitening can be done in the office, or at home and each method varies in price. Your dentist and hygienist can help you decide which procedure will work best for you and your teeth.
Pre-Loaded Teeth Whitening Trays
The most affordable whitening method is pre-loaded trays. With this semi-custom process, you will be given take-home trays to wear at home. The whitening trays are designed to be worn at home for 10 to 30 minutes for 1/2 to 2 weeks.
Custom Whitening Trays
Custom and pre-loaded whitening trays are very similar, but the biggest difference is in how the trays fit the wearer's mouth. With custom whitening trays, you will have impressions taken at your dentist's office. The trays will be filled with whitening bleach and you'll be sent home with the same instructions for wear as the pre-loaded method. The custom fit increases the cost a bit in comparison to the pre-loaded version, but you also waste less product and fit more comfortably.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The fastest and easiest way to brighten your smile is an in-office visit. During this procedure, you'll be given a protective mouthpiece and then your teeth will be covered with a high-strength bleaching gel. The procedure will take about 20 minutes, and should be done three times for best results.
If you're ready to see if you're a candidate for tooth whitening - call our office to schedule a consultation today.