Discolored teeth is one of the most common problems addressed by cosmetic dentists. Treatment for stained teeth is relatively simple, and can dramatically improve the look of your smile. Our offices provide professional, in-office teeth whitening in the Bedford area. A quick call can help us determine if teeth whitening can give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Many teeth whitening products are available over the counter, but having a dentist whiten your teeth provides quicker and more reliable results. There are several reasons for this:
- The dentist will evaluate the staining on your teeth to determine the most effective teeth whitening procedure for your needs
- The whitening agent your dentist uses is stronger than over the counter equivalents
- The dentist uses special gels to protect your gums and lips, reducing the chance of irritation
In most cases, stained teeth will be five to ten shades lighter after a single in-office whitening treatment. If your teeth do not respond to your satisfaction to the treatment, our dentist might recommend an at-home follow-up treatment. This whitening treatment is also professional strength and highly effective. Using a whitening gel and custom made trays, it often corrects more stubborn staining. Dr. ____, with his/her extensive experience with teeth whitening, can determine what approach will work best for you.
Causes of Stained Teeth
Teeth can be stained in numerous ways, but the most common is through contact with staining agents. Common staining agents are foods, beverages, and tobacco. This type of staining, called extrinsic staining, affects the outer surfaces of the teeth and is usually responsive to whitening treatment.
By contrast, intrinsic staining is part of the material of the tooth itself, and is more difficult to treat. Some intrinsic staining responds to tooth whitening, but in many cases it must be treated with other options such as porcelain veneers. The most common causes of intrinsic staining include exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride, and certain medications.
To learn more about teeth whitening in Bedford and to determine which approach is best for you, please call our office at ____ to schedule your consultation.