Attleboro Teeth Whitening
Have you been up and down the oral hygiene aisle at the local grocery store trying teeth whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, and gels with little to no change in the shade of your smile? Are you spending your spare time checking out dubious DIY smile brightening ideas on YouTube? Put down the white strips, leave the charcoal in the grill, and call Capron Park Dental to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist and team in Attleboro. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to deliver flawless smiles, including in-office and take-home teeth whitening options that deliver smiles up to ten shades brighter.
Causes of Dental Discoloration
Before we recommend teeth whitening, we want to understand the underlying causes of your dental discoloration. There are many reasons teeth may become discolored, but some of the most common causes of tooth staining include the following;
- Consumption of darkly colored foods and drinks
- Tobacco use
- Enamel wear revealing the yellow dentin layer of the tooth
- Overconsumption of fluoride during dental development may lead to brighter white spots on teeth
- Taking tetracycline medications during dental development may cause dark stripes on the surfaces of teeth
- Some people are genetically predisposed to have darker tooth coloring
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening relies on an active whitening agent to lift stains from the porous surfaces of teeth through a chemical process called oxidation. You may be familiar with oxidation in some of its less-positive manifestations like causing rust or rotting food, but oxidation is also how we clean clothes and dishes as well as whiten teeth. Every tooth has three layers – the hard, porous outer enamel, supportive yellow dentin, and the soft pulp. The thicker and healthier the enamel, the brighter the smile. Teeth whitening agents create an oxidation reaction that bubbles through the porous enamel lifting away stains. Unfortunately, saliva is constantly working to neutralize chemical reactions in the mouth, including oxidation. This is where store bought teeth whitening solutions typically fail. They allow the saliva to access and neutralize the whitening agent, stopping the smile brightening process in its tracks.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
For patients who want to brighten smiles quickly, we are happy to offer in-office teeth whitening. These treatments typically take about an hour, and they can deliver results up to ten shades brighter for many patients. Following in-office whitening, we often recommend patients receive a topical fluoride treatment to prevent tooth sensitivity that can occur.
Which is Right for Me?
No dental treatment is right for every patient, but in the majority of cases, we recommend take-home teeth whitening. There are several reasons this is our go-to solution for patients, including:
- At-home kits are the budget friendly option, so more patients are able to afford this treatment
- You can apply your whitening gel at-home whenever it’s convenient for you; no need to come into the office
- You’ll be able to keep your custom application trays and reorder whitening gel to touch up your results whenever you’d like
- Teeth are brightened gradually, allowing patients more control over their results
- Patients are much less likely to experience dental sensitivity with at-home whitening compared with the more intense in-office treatment