Many of us wish our teeth were just a little whiter. So how can you get the bright smile you’ve always wanted?
Stubborn tooth stains may be due to damaged tooth pulp or staining deep within the tooth that won’t react to extrinsic whiteners. Fortunately, cosmetic dental whitening can help remove stubborn tooth stains and give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. The cosmetic dental treatment known as ‘whitening’, or bleaching, is used to whiten the tooth enamel. Pigmentation, tea, age, coffee, tobacco, red wine or medications such as tetracycline are just some of the causes of discolored or stained teeth.
What Causes Stubborn Tooth Stains?
Several lifestyle and genetic factors can cause unsightly tooth stains. Natural pigmentation from aging, beverages like wine, tea or coffee, and medications such as tetracycline can cause deep tooth stains that are difficult to remove. Injury to a tooth can also cause darkening or discoloration. However, extensive dental work (such as root canal therapy) is often required to correct the damaged pulp.
What Are Your Teeth Whitening Options?
Tooth whitening can be done in-office or at-home using a whitening kit. Patriot Family Dental’s Clarksville office offers both solutions to meet your dental whitening needs.
Following your consultation, Dr. William Harris will recommend the appropriate solution for you based on your teeth’s unique needs. For example, if you have darkly stained teeth caused by tetracycline, an in-office deep bleaching treatment may be recommended.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
For patients with tooth stains caused by medications like tetracycline, the best solution may be in-office deep bleaching at our convenient Clarksville location.
Before the dentist applies the whitening gel, a protective cream is applied over the gums and other soft tissues. After the gel is applied to the patient’s teeth, a laser can be used to accelerate the whitening process.
In-office bleaching may require more than one visit to complete, especially if you have deep staining on more than one tooth.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
For patients with less severe extrinsic staining, Dr. Harris may recommend a trusted at-home tooth whitening kit. At home whitening is a longer process than in-office treatments–especially if you want your teeth to be several shades whiter. The average at home whitening kit contains 10-15 treatments that can be done over the course of a few weeks. While the process requires more time to see results, it can be more cost effective than in-office bleaching treatments.
Once the desired results have been achieved, you may want to do a ‘touch-up’ once or twice a year to maintain your beautiful smile.
Have more questions about tooth whitening treatments? Want to schedule a consultation or appointment with Dr. Harris at Patriot Family Dental?