A Comprehensive Guide To Teeth Whitening

girl happy about tooth whiteningHave you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished your smile was just a little brighter? Smile discoloration can effect anyone, even if you practice excellent oral hygiene. Staining happens for a variety of reasons, and many people wish to avoid it. Fortunately, teeth whitening is a simple, proven process, which can eliminate or decrease the majority of dental discoloration. With options for in office, or at home treatments, we can help you restore your bright, sparkling, smile.

At-Home vs. Professional Treatment

In general, whitening your teeth at home will take a bit longer than in-office treatments, but you can complete the process at your convenience and obtain comparable results. At-home teeth whitening involves the use of custom-fit trays that fit snugly on your teeth. You will fill the trays with whitening gel, and wear them for thirty minutes every day for about two weeks, or until you reach your desired outcome.

Many people choose in-office treatment for its immediate effects. In one simple office visit, your smile can be lightened as much as eight shades. Your whitening professional will apply a peroxide-based whitening gel to your teeth, and activate it with a special light. After the gel has remained on your teeth for fifteen minutes, it will be washed off and the process is repeated one or two more times.

What causes tooth stains?

Poor hygiene is a common cause of tooth discoloration. When plaque is allowed to build up between your teeth, you may begin to notice yellow staining. Also, many dark-colored food and drinks, like coffee or tea, can cause yellow or brownish stains to appear on your teeth over time. Genetics, certain medications and medical treatments have also been shown to play a role in tooth discoloration.

About Your Fort Worth Family Dentist:

Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.