Tooth whitening is the process of making stained or discolored teeth whiter. Teeth whitening can be done at home using over the counter whitening products. For best results, booking an appointment with Professional Dental is a wiser option.
First things first—why do teeth become stained or discolored? There are various reasons why a tooth might change from its natural color to something else. These include:
- Some foods and drinks such as coffee easily stain your teeth
- Excessive chewing or smoking of tobacco
- Poor dental hygiene can result in a build-up of staining agents
- Some diseases and the associated treatment or medications may affect dentin and enamel leading to discoloration
- With age, the enamel layer of the tooth wears out thus exposing the darker layers underneath
- Excessive consumption of fluoride may discolor teeth
Teeth Whitening at Professional Dental
For discolored teeth, Professional Dental recommends several options to patients. The first option is tooth bleaching. With tooth bleaching, the dentist fills custom dental trays with the bleaching solution. These trays are fitted over your teeth and left to sit for a while. At your request, the dentist may alternatively provide custom made trays that you can use to bleach your teeth in the comfort of your home.
Why not just buy the bleaching trays from your local pharmacist? Well, the trays that you get from our dental office in Irving contain a bleaching agent that’s more highly concentrated than what you’ll get OTC. As such, you’re more likely to get better results.
If bleaching doesn’t appeal to you, you may opt for composite bonding or dental veneers. Composite or dental bonding is the application of tooth-colored resin onto the surface of the teeth. Dental veneers, on the other hand, are wafer-thin shells that are placed on your tooth to restore its natural color.
Teeth Whitening After-Care Tips
Teeth whitening is not a once and done affair. Regardless of the tooth whitening procedure that you get, you’ll need to practice proper dental hygiene, avoid staining agents, and make regular dental appointments to ensure the continued good health of your teeth. During your teeth whitening appointment at Professional Dental, our dentist will help you to identify other good choices you can make to ensure your teeth remain whiter for longer.
Dr. Sonya Reddy serves patients in Irving and the surrounding areas of Grand Prairie, Arlington, Las Colinas, Valley Ranch, Coppell, Bedford, and Hurst.