When you meet someone for the first time, your smile is typically one of the first things they notice about you. That’s why it’s important to have a grin you can be proud of. If you have discolored teeth, it can be hard to want to show off your smile. That’s why there’s teeth whitening at Dental Center of Midlothian – the solution to stained teeth. Dr. Johnson offers both in-office and take-home whitening to turn back the clock on your smile and remove stains caused by years of bad habits. Contact us today if you’re interested in having a smile you can be truly proud of.
Teeth can experience two kinds of stains: extrinsic and intrinsic.
Extrinsic stains are caused by the foods and drinks you consume, tobacco habits, and normal enamel erosion. They only appear on the surface layer of the teeth and can usually be removed with over-the-counter whitening products or even just regular brushing. However, some extrinsic stains are quite stubborn and therefore require professional whitening treatment to remove.
If you would prefer to drastically alter your smile in just one hour, then in-office whitening is just the thing for you. We will apply a bleaching gel that is incredibly powerful, strong enough to remove those pesky intrinsic stains. Then we’ll switch on a heat lamp that’s focused on the problem areas of your smile. This activates the bleaching gel and allows the molecules in the stains to break down. Once we wash off the bleaching gel, your smile should be up to eight shades brighter!
For more gradual results, we have take-home whitening. First, we’ll take impressions of your bite to design custom-made trays that fit you and only you. Next, we’ll instruct you to wear your trays combined with our potent bleaching gel for a prescribed amount of time each day, usually around 30 minutes. Over the next two weeks or so, your smile will become brighter and brighter. You can stop whenever you feel satisfied with your results.
The amount of time that your results last will depend heavily on a few lifestyle factors, such as your tobacco use, oral care habits, and food and beverage consumption. However, professional teeth whitening can last quite a long time if you brush and floss daily, reduce your consumption of darkly pigmented food and drinks, and regularly get whitening touch-ups, either at-home or in-office.