Over time, our previous pearly whites begin to naturally discolor. As our tooth enamel wears away, a yellow shade of dentin begins to appear. This yellow substance can be found at the core of teeth. Avoiding teeth staining food and drink such as coffee and wine, and incorporating foods that naturally whiten teeth such as strawberries and dairy products can be beneficial.
However, nothing is more effective than the use of professional grade teeth whitening products. These whitening methods can help to restore your smile to the bright white color you know and love.
Your dentist can perform a procedure to whiten teeth in our dental office, or provide you with a professional kit to take home.
Which is More Effective?
In-Office Method: When performed in office, your dentist will apply a high-concentration peroxide gel to teeth. A significant change in color will be noticeable after your first appointment. The appointment time typically runs about an hour long. A special shield is applied to protect teeth from sensitivity or damage, and a curing light is used on gums and teeth.
At-Home Method: Some patients prefer to take a professional whitening kit home with them to use at their leisure. Within this kit you will find a custom tray and whitening gel. The gel is to be applied within the trays and inserted into the mouth. A significant change in color takes more time than an in office treatment, as the strength of the gel used it less. The trays are worn for an extended period of time. Depending on the product, they may need to be worn a few hours of each day for a few days, or even weeks.
Please feel free to schedule a consolation to discuss all of the treatment options available to you. Your dentist will be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t delay your very own Hollywood smile any longer, call our office today at (561) 391-0020.