Over time, the effects of eating, drinking and smoking can affect the color of your teeth. As a result, they can become stained or discolored. As the outer layer of enamel is worn away, the darker, less glossy tissue of your teeth that is beneath the enamel can become exposed.
Luckily, there are procedures performed in the office that can restore your smile in dramatic ways. Professional whitening is faster, more effective and safer than over-the-counter products. The effects of full-mouth bleaching can also last up to five years.
Depending on the types of stains you have, at-home whitening products may not be very effective. Bleaching agents are not typically useful for brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. Especially if you have had dental restoration done, the best route to take for a brighter smile is an in-office visit.
The procedure typically takes 30 to 90 minutes, depending on how severe the stains on your teeth are and how white you want your teeth to be. Afterwards, if you experience white or sore gums, give us a call right away. You may also experience increased tooth sensitivity, but that typically goes away.
A bright smile can do wonders for your self-confidence. If you’re ready to restore your pearly whites, make an appointment today to discuss your options.