Do you have unsightly teeth stains that make you feel embarrassed about your smile? Multiple factors could lead to discoloration, some more severe than others. Instead of settling for store-bought options, which provide short-lived and minor results, you may consider professional treatments. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist will provide two teeth whitening options.
Why Are My Teeth Stained?
Discoloration could occur for a number of different reasons. When we consume drinks with dark pigments, such as coffee, red wine, soda, and eta, this could stain the teeth. Foods high in sugar and starch also promote plaque buildup, which makes discoloration more visible. Plaque could also accumulate due to poor oral hygiene habits. This is also linked to smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products, along with infrequent dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar. When we examine your smile, we will assess the cause and severity of your discoloration to find the right treatment for you!
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you need results quickly before a big meeting or job interview, or maybe a first date, then you could benefit from our in-office treatment option. Optimal results often take as little as one to two hours total. We begin with a protective covering being placed over the lips and gums. A powerful hydrogen peroxide gel is added to the teeth, and then activated with a light. The combination then breaks up the stains and brightens your teeth by several shades.
At-Home Trays and Gel
We also have an option you can use from the comfort of your own home. Initially, you stop by the office so we can talk digital images and measurements to create and custom-fit a set of clear trays. We then send you home with these trays, along with a powerful bleaching gel. At home, the trays will be filled with gel and worn for about a half hour. The trays ensure the gel is never diluted, and that the results will look even. After a week to ten days, your teeth could be up to eight shades brighter! This is a great option for more severe cases. You then keep the trays and any remaining gel for touch-ups down the road.
If you have any questions about how we remove teeth stains and improve the beauty of your smile, then contact our team today to learn more. We could also discuss masking discoloration with bonding or porcelain veneers!
Do You Have Questions About Removing Discoloration?
Our team offers professional care to provide dramatic results, even if you have severe discoloration. Learn more about our custom trays and other solutions for erasing teeth stains by scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.