Teeth discolor naturally as you age. The outer layer of your tooth, the hard enamel, thins with time, revealing the darker dentin within. Teeth may also discolor due to:
Professional whitening can resolve discoloration due to aging, foods, and smoking. If you have discoloration for other reasons, talk to the cosmetic dental specialist team at Spillman Family Dental to learn about veneers or crowns as alternatives to in-office professional whitening.
Having your teeth whitened professionally by the providers at Spillman Family Dental ensures you get results and reduces the possibility that your teeth or surrounding soft tissue will be damaged. Such damage can occur when a whitening solution is left on the teeth for too long, negatively affecting the delicate enamel and weakening your teeth.
Plus, professional whitening is quick, simple, and long-lasting. You leave the office with a brighter and whiter smile.
The entire teeth-whitening appointment takes just 30 minutes. After a cleaning by one of the expert hygienists at Spillman Family Dental, a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening solution is applied to your teeth. A special light shines on your teeth for several minutes to activate the solution and improve its effectiveness.
Following the procedure, you can go back to all your normal daily activities. The results of the whitening are visible immediately.
Many products for teeth whitening are available over the counter, including paint-on gels, tubes of whitening toothpaste, and whitening kits. These are all safe to use but have varying degrees of effectiveness.
At-home kits must be approved by the FDA and are safe as long as you follow the instructions provided with the kit. Use them only occasionally to prevent damage to the enamel of your teeth.
These at-home kits use a mild concentration of bleaching agents, so they take several weeks to work as compared with in-office whitening, which offers faster, more dramatic results.
If you have questions about teeth-whitening, do not hesitate to call the office of Spillman Family Dental.