Burtonsville Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningBurtonsville, MD

If you are thinking about doing teeth whitening, you will be happy to know that you have multiple options. Having stained and discolored teeth can be embarrassing. If you have yellow, brown, or gray stains on your teeth, you may feel ashamed or not want to smile or be in social settings. These aesthetic concerns can even affect your relationships and day-to-day behaviors.

The natural white color of teeth can be difficult to maintain. Because of this, it is not uncommon for teens and adults to have discolored teeth. Even with the most severe discoloration, there are solutions to restore the smile to an attractive appearance. Dentists can do in-office treatment or send you home with a whitening gel to wear at night.

When you are tired of your stained teeth and want a change, call our office to make an appointment to whiten your teeth.

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Causes of tooth discoloration

Many people struggle with tooth discoloration. Whether the patient has mild yellow staining, serious black discoloration, or anything in between, help is available. First, people should understand what leads to stains on teeth. It is possible to minimize the extent of discoloration or even prevent it altogether. The following issues typically cause this cosmetic problem and the need for teeth whitening:

  • Poor oral hygiene, such as ineffective (or lack of) brushing and flossing
  • Failure to regularly visit the dentist for checkups and cleanings
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Excessively drinking wine, coffee, tea, and cola
  • Excessively eating chocolate sauces, and berries

These factors cause extrinsic staining, which appears on the enamel layer. A different type of staining is called intrinsic. This is when stains are on the inner dentin layer. Such stains can come through as yellow. The culprits of intrinsic staining can be certain medications, too much fluoride, a tooth injury, or tooth decay. The cosmetic dentist will use different methods to treat these stains.

In-office teeth whitening

For most patients, the most effective way to whiten teeth is to do so professionally in the dentist’s office. There are many advantages to choosing this method. First, the dentist will use a whitening gel with a 35% to 45% concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This highly concentrated solution can lead to faster, long-lasting results. Plus, the dentist can improve a person’s teeth by up to several color shades.

Only one or two visits to the dentist’s office are necessary for an in-office whitening. The appointments should not last more than an hour. The patient sits in a dental chair and gets comfortable. The dentist will cover the lips, tongue, and cheeks and make sure the teeth are clean and dry. Next, the dentist places the whitening gel in mouth trays and inserts them over the teeth.

The trays will remain in the mouth for about 30 minutes or more. The dentist will use a laser or other light to activate the ingredients in the gel. The peroxide penetrates the teeth and breaks down the molecules that cause staining. The dentist then instructs the patient to improve their oral hygiene and limit those foods and drinks that cause discoloration.

Take-home trays

Take-home teeth whitening is a similar process with a few key differences. To begin with, the patient will get the whitening gel from the dentist. Unlike in-office treatments, this gel has a lower concentration of peroxide — typically between 10% and 20%. The patient will fill the trays and insert them over the teeth before going to bed at night. The patient wears them overnight every night for the next several weeks or a few months.

Results will vary from patient to patient. However, with take-home teeth whitening trays, the person can start to see changes in tooth color after a few weeks. Once the person finishes the treatment as the dentist prescribes, the teeth can remain whiter for up to a year or more. The treatment’s success will depend largely on how diligent the person is about wearing the trays. Brushing and flossing properly will also help the individual get whiter teeth.

Store-bought products

Another option for teeth whitening is to purchase products from the store. Local grocery stores and drugstores sell toothpaste, mouthwash, and whitening strips with agents that can help remove stains. Using the products as directed can yield results after several weeks. However, the hydrogen peroxide percentage in these products is usually around 3% to 10%.

Dental crowns

Dentists often use dental crowns to protect damaged or weak teeth. This is also a good treatment for chips, breaks, and cracks. Crowns look like natural teeth and are placed completely over an affected tooth. The dentist can use ceramic, porcelain, and composite resin materials for crowns. Thus, these devices can be tooth-colored and improve the aesthetics of the individual’s smile.

If the patient has mild staining, discoloration on a few teeth, intrinsic stains, crowns could be a good option. The dentist would discuss with the person which color shade they want. Then the dentist will fabricate the crown to be that color. The crown will cover the discolored tooth, giving the person a full smile of attractive, white teeth.

Dental veneers

Similarly, dental veneers can conceal stained teeth. This alternative to teeth whitening makes sense when the person has intrinsic stains. A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that attaches to the front surface of the affected tooth. It can be the color shade of white that the patient wants and one that will complement the other natural teeth.

The dentist begins by making the patient comfortable in the chair. Next, the dentist will clean the teeth and dry them. The dentist will remove some enamel so that the veneer will fit. The dentist will also make the tooth rough, which will help in the bonding process. The veneer bonds to the tooth with dental cement, which the dentist hardens quickly with a laser.

Enjoy having white teeth again

You no longer have to hide your discolored teeth. You can have the bright smile you have always wanted, thanks to teeth whitening treatments. Whether in the office or at home, options are available. Discuss your needs and goals with your cosmetic dentist. Then make an appointment with our office to get started.

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Burtonsville Dental Suite is located at 3905 National Dr. #340 Burtonsville, MD 20866.

(301) 259-5016