Causes of Discoloration
Over time, tooth discoloration is completely natural. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Tobacco use
- Consuming pigmented food and drink
- Plaque and tartar buildup
How Teeth Whitening Works
Whether you receive in-office whitening or opt for at-home treatments, the principles are the same. You or your dentist will apply a special whitening agent to the teeth. This will bleach stains for a whiter and brighter smile, leaving you feeling more confident than ever!
At-Home Treatments v. In-Office Treatments
While the techniques of at-home and in-office treatments are similar, there are some major differences that may make one a more suitable option for you. During a professional treatment, your dentist will begin with cleaning your teeth. They will then skillfully apply the whitening agent, making sure to avoid gums and soft tissue. A laser light will then be directed over the agent for optimal results. This also expedites the process for whiter teeth in the quickest fashion.
However, in-office treatments are not always an option for those looking to improve their smile. At-home treatments come in all forms and strengths. You can use whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, brightening rinses, strips, and customized trays. These treatments are not as strong as those performed in-office. Also, the results are less controlled – they are not recommended for those with sensitive teeth and gums – and less dramatic.
Whether you are looking to receive in-office whitening treatments, or want more information on your at-home options, it’s imperative that you speak with our knowledgeable staff at Family & Implant Dentistry of Stuart. So, contact us today!