If you have stains on your teeth, then don’t rely on store bought options for minor and short-lived results. Instead, you can see our team for professional teeth whitening, obtaining teeth several shades brighter in one visit. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dental practice talks about our in-office teeth whitening treatment.
A Look at Your Discoloration
Let’s talk about teeth stains. There are essentially two different kinds: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic teeth stains are less common, forming beneath the enamel and often caused by injury, fluorosis or the use of medications at a young age. The most common form is extrinsic, which form on the teeth as a result of drinks with dark pigments, tobacco use, or plaque buildup brought on by poor oral hygiene habits. Our teeth whitening treatment can easily handle extrinsic discoloration, and we have options for those with permanent intrinsic staining.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Our professional teeth whitening procedure is a simple in-office procedure, one that offers results after only one to two hours of your time. Our team will place a protective covering on your lips and gums, and then apply a professional bleaching gel to the teeth. Using an LED light, we will activate the bleaching ingredients in the gel, and begin removing stains from your teeth. This could offer smiles several shades brighter in a short time period. This is especially helpful if you need results fast, such as prior to a first date or a job interview.
Masking Intrinsic Teeth Stains
What about intrinsic stains? For these, we could take steps to mask them. Dental bonding employs the same lifelike composite resin we use in our tooth-colored fillings. We can mask discoloration in one visit with bonding. We also have porcelain veneers, thin shells that cover the front and sides of the teeth and instantly improve their beauty. Placement takes about two visits. We could even combine these, reserving veneers for the most visible front teeth, and bonding for the side teeth.
Preventing Major Discoloration
To help control discoloration, reduce your plaque buildup by brushing and flossing each day, and cutting back on sugary and starchy foods and snacks. You should also reduce your consumption of sugary drinks, and take time to see us for a checkup and cleaning visit every six months. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, or about preventing discoloration, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Cosmetic Dentistry
Our team wants to help you enjoy a brighter and more attractive smile with our cosmetic treatment options. To find out more about our approach to cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery at (949) 630-0143 to discuss care today.