Several factors can contribute to discoloration and staining in the superficial layers of teeth, but the biggest culprits are tobacco products and the foods and beverages we consume. Coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries, spices, and natural and artificial food colorings all have pigments that can stain teeth, and foods and drinks high in acids (like soda and citrus juices) can temporarily soften tooth enamel, making it easier for these stains to penetrate. Poor oral hygiene can also cause or add to discoloration and dinginess. These are the most common causes of discoloration, and they can all be treated with professional teeth whitening. Discoloration in the deep portions of teeth can be caused by deep infection, root canal procedure, chronic illnesses, and long-term use of some medications. These issues require veneers, crowns, or cosmetic bonding to correct.
In-office whitening usually is preceded by a cleaning to ensure the gel will be well-absorbed across the tooth surface. During the whitening treatment, a special guard will be used to hold the lips away from teeth so the whitening gel is not wiped away. The gel is applied to each tooth, and then a light is used to activate the gel for optimal penetration of the tooth surface. The gel remains on the teeth for about an hour, and then it’s wiped away. In-office whitening achieves dramatic results in just one visit.
Yes. Professional teeth whitening kits often contain whitening agents that are more effective than those available in over-the-counter products, and they also use custom-made trays that are specially designed to fit the contours of the patient’s teeth and gums so the whitening agent remains in better contact with all surfaces of the teeth. Over-the-counter products use a one-size-fits-all approach that can produce inferior and inconsistent results, plus these products are more likely to expose the gums to the whitening gel, resulting in irritation.
Some patients have mild sensitivity issues following a teeth whitening treatment, but these effects are temporary and typically resolve very soon afterward.
At Sunrise Dental of Lynnwood, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept most PPO insurances to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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