What is teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whitening removes stains and discolorations from your teeth. By successfully breaking up and removing stains from your teeth’s surfaces, whitening treatment can provide dramatic cosmetic results with minimal effort and no need for permanent changes to your tooth structure.
What causes discolored teeth?
Your teeth can become stained for a number of reasons, including:
- Food and drinks: Eating or drinking dark substances like coffee, tea, red wine, cola, berries, and dark sauces cause surface stains on tooth enamel. Acidic foods, such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, and vinegar can also erode tooth enamel and make staining more likely.
- Smoking and smokeless tobacco: Nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco products leave deposits on the teeth, giving them a dark appearance.
- Medications. The antibiotic tetracycline, when taken during tooth formation, can sometimes give teeth a gray appearance. Excessive amounts of fluoride can also discolor teeth, causing mottled white spots.
- Tooth trauma. Small fractures in the teeth can attract stains, and deeper damage to the nerve tissues can turn a tooth gray or brown.
What professional teeth whitening options do you offer?
We offer several options, including in-office teeth whitening that involves applying a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth, which oxidizes the stains and brightens your tooth structure. We also offer at-home professional teeth whitening, which requires one short office visit during which your dentist will create custom mouth trays that fit your teeth perfectly. The trays allow you to apply the appropriate amount of whitening gel to your teeth for a couple of hours each day, dramatically brightening your smile in as little as 10 days.
Will my dental restorations respond to teeth whitening?
Tooth-colored fillings, cosmetic bonding, veneers, and crowns will not respond to teeth whitening. If you are considering having any of these restorations placed, you may want to undergo a whitening treatment first so that they can be shaded to match your newly whitened teeth, ensuring a uniformly bright smile.
Schedule your teeth whitening appointment today.
With a choice of professional teeth-whitening options, we can help you brighten your smile without the need for extensive cosmetic treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson). We also proudly serve patients who live in North Dallas, Plano, Garland, North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and all surrounding communities.