Over time, it is natural that your smile will lose some of its natural brightness. A number of different things can lead to tooth discoloration, but the results are the same. Having teeth that have become dull, yellowed, or otherwise discolored can really impact the way you feel about your smile and by extension yourself. Having a smile that isn’t what you feel it should be can have a serious negative impact on your overall self-esteem, and lead you to try to hide your smile. Luckily, Kenneth Hill, DDS offers several different Henderson teeth whitening treatments that can be applied in just a few minutes either in our office, or at home. There’s no need to settle for a smile that is less than your brightest; professional teeth whitening can restore your smile to its natural brilliance.
What causes tooth discoloration?
The foods you eat and liquids you drink can leave stains and deposits that cause tooth discoloration over time. Coffee, juice, wine, tea, and sodas are some common culprits. Other common causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Poor dental hygiene – if you are not brushing or flossing every day correctly, your teeth can become discolored.
- Aging – as you age, the dentin in your teeth is naturally depleted.
- Antibiotics – use of medications such as tetracycline can dull the whiteness of your teeth.
- Disease – certain medical conditions can cause your teeth to become discolored.
- Fluoride – getting too much fluoride can be as harmful to your teeth as getting too little. Excessive use can cause tooth discoloration.
- Oral trauma
- Root canal
Benefits of professional whitening treatments
Your dentist has a number of different teeth whitening treatments available. While many department and drug stores offer relatively inexpensive over-the-counter whitening treatments, the results from these are far inferior to what you will receive in your dentist’s office. In-office treatments are completely painless and take only a few moments. These treatments can often lighten your teeth by as much as five shades. Your dentist can also give you a professional kit to take home if you are rushed for time. While not quite as remarkable as an in-office whitening, these kits still provide results that are far above what you can purchase over the counter. In some cases, such as tooth trauma or a root canal where the tooth is discolored because it is dead, your dentist may need to apply a bleaching agent inside the tooth.
How do teeth whitening treatments remove stains?
The manner in which tooth whitening treatments remove stains will depend on which form of treatment you are receiving. In an in-office treatment, your dentist will clean your teeth, before applying a special whitening liquid to your teeth. In some cases, an ultraviolet light will then be applied in order to help remove the stains from your teeth.
For a take-home treatment, your dentist will either custom-make professional whitening trays, or give you some that have been prepared ahead of time. Each of these trays will contain a specially-mixed whitening solution that will remove the stains from your teeth, leaving them whiter and brighter.
No matter which form of treatment you use, the results will be far better than a treatment you could receive over-the-counter. Unlike treatments from the drug store, professional whitening treatments do not just remove stains from the surface of the teeth. These specialized treatments are designed to go beyond the pellicle and remove stains from the pores in the tooth enamel as well.
Are teeth whitening treatments permanent?
Teeth whitening treatments can remove stains and brighten your smile, but unfortunately the effects are not permanent. While professional whitening treatments generally produce better results and last longer than over-the-counter treatments, the effects will still fade over time. To ensure that your teeth stay as bright white as possible, you will need to avoid foods and drink as well as other activities that can stain your teeth. You will also need to be sure to maintain your oral hygiene practices and proper brushing technique. Your dentist may give you a special toothpaste or rinse to use in order to help keep your teeth from becoming stained again. You may also ask them about whitening toothpastes, or rinses that are designed to protect your teeth from the effects of environmental staining. In some cases, such as before a wedding or other important event, you may want to consider asking your dentist for a more long-lasting treatment such as porcelain veneers, which can help protect your teeth from the foods and beverages that can stain your teeth over time.
Types of Teeth Whitening
In Office Teeth Whitening
One of the easiest and cost effective ways to enhance your look is by improving your smile. A bright, white smile not only provides you with a boost in self confidence but can open up a number of doors both professionally and personally. In Office Teeth Whitening at the office of Kenneth Hill DDS can give you the smile that you’ve always wanted quickly and affordably. If you feel as though your smile may be holding you back, then why not give yourself the sparkling smile that you deserve with an in office teeth whitening treatment.
What types of stains can be removed during in office teeth whitening?
In Office Teeth Whitening can remove stains that other whiteners cannot. Coffee, tea, soda, wine and juice stains are all typically easily removed during an in office teeth whitening treatment. Also, as you age, you may notice that your teeth have dulled and that your teeth have become yellow or gray. In Office Teeth Whitening can help to return your teeth to their brilliant white shade and improve your overall oral hygiene.
Is in office teeth whitening the right option for me?
In Office Teeth Whitening treatments are safe and effective, making them an ideal option for just about anyone who would like a brilliant white smile as quickly as possible. For patients that have a mild gum or tooth sensitivity, in home teeth whitening utilizes a solution that isn’t absorbed by the teeth as quickly and uses ingredients which help to desensitize the teeth. This form of tooth whitening is considered to be the fastest way to achieve a whiter smile, as well as the safest. If you have a special occasion quickly approaching or just want to look your best without the wait, then in office teeth whitening is right for you.
What can I expect during the in office teeth whitening?
The procedure for in office teeth whitening is a relatively simple one. The process also involves a teeth cleaning and a dental exam, which will be carried out beforehand. After the prep, a cheek extractor is placed in to your mouth so that the teeth that are visible when you smile are exposed. Resin or rubber is then applied to your gums, in order to shield them from the whitening solution, after which the whitening gel is applied and kept on your teeth for up to half an hour. The gel is removed and another layer solution is applied if necessary. You will be able to compare your previous tooth shade against your post treatment shade after the treatment has been completed. There are a number of in office teeth whitening products that are used, so you should consult with your dentist to see which product is ideal for you.
At Home Teeth Whitening
If you have tried over the counter at home whitening products and have been disappointed with the results, then you may want to consider asking your dentist about take home whitening kits that can only be provided by a licensed dentist. Kenneth Hill DDS and their knowledgeable staff help their patients to achieve whiter smiles with safe and affordable at home whitening kits, and can do the same to give you a brighter smile that makes a great first impression.
What are the benefits of at home teeth whitening?
One of the primary advantages of at home teeth whitening is that you will be able to carry out the treatments in the comfort of your home. Another benefit is that it is typically more affordable than other teeth whitening options. You can have a brilliant white smile again in a short time, without risking the health of your teeth, given that the solution you will be using is one that is recommended by your dentist.
Is at home teeth whitening the right choice for me?
There are a number of reasons why patients choose to do at home teeth whitening rather than in office treatments. If your gums or teeth are extremely hypersensitive or if the stains are too deeply embedded into your teeth, then the dentist will likely recommend at home whitening. The dentist will provide you with the alternative whitening solutions or different concentration levels of traditional solutions to meet your needs.
What is the procedure for at home teeth whitening?
In order to obtain an at home whitening kit you must schedule an appointment with your dentist, who will take an impression of your teeth. The impressions of both your lower and upper teeth will be sent to the lab, where custom fit trays will be made. It will usually take up to 2 weeks for these trays to be made and sent back to your dentist, who will schedule an appointment with you to demonstrate how to properly place the whitening solution into the trays and discuss the details of the at home whitening treatments. You will typically have to wear the dental trays for about an hour each day for two weeks.
How soon can I expect the results from at home teeth whitening?
You can expect to see results from the at home teeth whitening kits in just one week, though some patients who have stains which are more resistant to the treatment may see results in two weeks. To ensure that you get the most out of your at home whitening treatments, its recommended that you avoid foods or liquids that may cause staining, especially during the two weeks that you are using the solution. Wine, coffee, juice, dark vegetables and sodas should be avoided. The at home whitening kits can also be used for touch up purposes one you are through with the initial applications.
If your smile is no longer as white as it once was and you would like to be able to show off a bright, white, beautiful smile once more or if you have questions about professional teeth whitening services, the experienced professionals at Kenneth Hill, DDS can help. Whether you prefer Boost Whitening, KOR whitening or need a more complicated treatment, our staff can help. Call us today at (702) 897-7267 for a consultation. Our staff has handled hundreds of tooth whitening treatments and can ensure that you receive the results you have been hoping for.