Before the holidays arrive, you probably want to make sure your shopping is done and that you look your best as well. Well, if you have concerns about your smile’s appearance then your Livonia, MI, dentist can help. For those with minor and severe cases of discoloration, we have two very different options for removing stains and offering brighter smiles.
At-Home vs. In-Office
We have two unique procedures for you to choose from. For those in need of faster results, we can suggest our in-office option, which breaks up and removes teeth stains in as little as one to two hours. We start by adding a protective layer over the lips and gums and placing a bleaching gel onto the teeth. Using a light to activate the bleaching ingredients in the gel, we begin breaking up the stains.
For more severe discoloration, we may suggest our at-home option. We take impressions and measurements to create a set of trays from a plastic material. We then send you home with the trays and a powerful bleaching gel. The gel will be placed into the trays and worn for 30 to 45 minutes a day. The trays help ensure an even whitening. The total course of treatment takes about a week to ten days. For some, smiles could be brightened by several different shades.
The Causes of Teeth Stains
What causes discoloration to form in the first place? Well, sugary or starchy foods and drinks could leave behind particles for bacteria to consume, leading to plaque buildup and more apparent discoloration. Smoking and tobacco use could also cause stains, as well as poor oral hygiene. However, with a few simple changes to your overall oral health and daily habits, you could help your new results last longer.
Keeping Your Smile Bright
First, remember that you can keep your trays and gel for touch-ups down the road. In addition, brushing and flossing daily can remove food particles and help control plaque and discoloration. Seeing us every six months for a dental cleaning can also help too. Be sure you quit smoking and avoid using tobacco products as well. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as well as beverages with dark pigments, like coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. If you have any questions about avoiding discoloration or keeping your smile bright, then contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy optimal oral health and beautiful smiles!
Do You Have Stained Teeth?
We can remove or mask discoloration to help you enjoy your holiday events with a brighter and more attractive smile. For more information on cosmetic dental care, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.