Having a white smile is not as easy as Hollywood makes it appear. Teeth can be discoloured by tobacco, beverages, such as coffee and red wine, and a variety of foods. Calculus or tartar can also affect the colour of teeth. Staining under the surface can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks that hold the stains. Aging can also a culprit.
The truth is, few of us are born with brilliant white smiles. In most cases, the natural colour of teeth falls within a range of light greyish-yellow shades. That said, steps can be taken to brighten your smile.
In our office we now offer 2 popular ways to whiten your teeth:
- IN OFFICE BLEACHING: This procedure involves a 90 minute visit where the bleach is applied to your teeth and a special light expedites the action of the bleach. The end result is immediate. This method is NOT recommended to patients with sensitive teeth.
- TAKE HOME BLEACHING: We fabricate custom trays from models of the patient’s teeth. They are given bleach to place in these trays and wear for 30 min, 2X/day for 2 weeks. Brushing with a special bleach mixed in toothpaste. The net result is the same as the In Office Bleaching, but there is less risk of tooth sensitivity, at a lower cost.