Over time teeth can stain from food and drinks. Aging will also reduce enamel and cause your teeth to not be as white. Even some medications can cause stains to your teeth. But, the Family Dental Center can help! We have a number of different teeth-whitening options, and we can help you decide which one is right for you.
Most times our dentists can determine what is causing your dental stains. Yellow stains can sometimes be removed by bleaching. For stains that are brown or gray, other tooth whitening remedies will work.
This in-office whitening treatment involves using activated gel along with a special light to penetrate the tooth’s enamel for a more effective whitening treatment. Expect to spend about two hours in the office during a whitening procedure. Applications vary on the level of staining. The results can lasts years depending on the patient’s diet. On average, patients can have their teeth whitened up to 8 shades. But results vary based on many factors. If your teeth are very sensitive, we can provide other forms of teeth whitening.
To maintain results, we recommend patients use at-home whitening treatments and a toothpaste that reduces acid erosions. If you take medications, ask your doctor if any medications cause dental staining. In some cases, you may have other alternatives that won’t stain your teeth. It’s also important that you get two annual checkups to clean and polish your teeth.
To maintain your teeth whitening results, a take-home kit is a simple effective way of whitening your teeth. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have a custom mold fabricated. We give you a prescription strength whitening gel along with instructions to do the treatment at home. All you’ll need to do is apply the whitening material inside the custom mold and wear it for about an hour a day.