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Your smile is, quite often, the very first impression you leave with people. A big part of your smile is the condition of your teeth. When your teeth are anything but bright white, the appearance of your smile is greatly diminished. This can lead to self-consciousness and impact the impression that you leave on others. At Crossroads Family Dental, we can restore the appearance of your smile, giving you back your confidence, with teeth whitening.
Causes of Discoloration
The outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, is a hard, mineralized, bright white substance. Over time, microfractures can begin to form, making it easier for pigments, stains, and other debris to collect, dulling the color of your teeth. There are several factors that can contribute to discoloration:
Over the Counter Whitening
There are several over-the-counter whitening products available that you can pick up at just about any pharmacy or grocery store. These products consist of toothpaste, strips, gels, and pens. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that scrub away light stains. Whitening strips, gels, and pens all contain low levels of bleaching agents. While widely available, these products are often ineffective at helping you to achieve your desired results promptly.
There are two types of professional whitening services. The first is performed in our office. In-office, or chairside, whitening, is done in a single visit, taking approximately an hour. After a cleaning of your teeth, we place a lip retractor (which keeps your lips away from your teeth) and apply a gel to your gums, which acts as a protective barrier. We then apply the bleaching agent and shine a light over your teeth. We leave the bleaching agent for about an hour, during which time the light breaks it down so that oxygen can get to work eliminating stains. Results are instant. By the end of your procedure, your teeth are several shades whiter.
Take Home Whitening Trays
Your other option for professional whitening is whitening trays. This method allows you to whiten your teeth on your own time. We provide you with custom-made trays (made from molds of your mouth) as well as your bleaching agent. You will begin to see results in about a week.
Maintaining the Beauty of Your Smile
Whitening can give you back your beautiful smile, but it is not a permanent solution. There are, however, things you can do to extend the results:
Don't let discolored teeth force you to hide your smile. With professional teeth whitening, we can help to give you back both your beautiful smile and your confidence. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, call Crossroads Family Dental today at (219) 440-2950.