You floss and you brush with regularity. Yet, your teeth still don’t look as pearly white as they once did. There are several contributing factors that can leave your smile less than ideal. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic solution that will brighten your teeth and enhance your lovely smile. At Mor Smiles we offer options that can help you to achieve your teeth whitening goals. Quite often in just a few visits to our office.
Tooth Whitening Options
There are countless over-the-counter options for whitening your teeth. Strips, rinses, toothbrushes and more. These products can prove to be moderately effective. The primary ingredient in them is typically hydrogen peroxide, a bleaching agent. The in-office whitening treatments that your dentist offers will use a stronger concentration of this bleaching agent. Combined with LED lights, you may be able to see as much as five to seven shades lighter, in just a single treatment. At-home options that use whitening trays for several hours each day can also help you to see some results in just a few weeks.
It is important to note that whitening treatments do not impact fillings, crowns and veneers. Some patients opt to get their teeth whitened prior to their procedure, so that they are assured of the best results.
Are There Any Side-effects to Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is a non-invasive treatment that brings with it few to no side effects. Your teeth may be somewhat sensitive to temperature extremes for the first few days following your treatment. Whitening also brings with it the potential for irritation to healthy gums, for just a few days. Any concerns that do not subside within a few days should be mentioned to your dentist, by calling the office.
Over-the-counter products that have not been evaluated by your dentist have the potential to lead to sensitivity. They could also result in damage to your tooth enamel.
What Causes Teeth to Change Color?
There are several factors that can be responsible for a change in tooth color. Perhaps the biggest culprit is the foods and drinks that you enjoy. Tobacco can also contribute to a change in color, along with the potential for some serious decay concerns.
Red wine, tea, and coffee contain ingredients that can stain your teeth over time. Some medications and medical treatments can also alter the color of your teeth. Teeth that have undergone trauma may also be permanently discolored. Changes to tooth color caused by medications, medical treatments and trauma cannot be addressed by whitening treatments.
Is Whitening Right For All Teeth?
Tooth whitening is not the ideal treatment for all patients. Those who have gum recession may find that tooth whitening irritates their gums, and may cause some discomfort. Patients who have decay or concerns with gum disease should have these concerns addressed before whitening treatments. Your dentist will determine your candidacy for tooth whitening treatments after an examination of your teeth and gums.
Are you interested in restoring your smile to the whiteness and brightness it once had? Call Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088 to make your appointment. We will offer you the tooth whitening treatment that will best meet your needs. We can’t wait to see you smile.