Teeth Whitening

Many people are content with the look they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at Belmont Family Dentistry. But if you're wanting a smile that's brighter and whiter, we recommend you chat with Dr. Tinkle about which whitening procedures would work the most effectively for you.

All whiteners are not created equal. Some may not be able to correct all kinds of teeth discolorations. For example, if your teeth have a yellowish hue, they will probably bleach well. Brownish hued teeth, on the other hand, aren't as likely to bleach well. And grayish hued teeth are the least likely to bleach well.

Keep in mind that if you've had either tooth-colored fillings or bonding put on your front teeth, the whitener will not change the color of the fillings or bonding, which means these materials will become more obvious after you have your teeth whitened. If this could happen, you might want to consider getting veneers or dental bonding, which looks more natural.

Another option for whitening is at-home bleaching. Certain whiteners can be put into a mouthguard or tray which you wear on your teeth for 30-60 minutes every night for three weeks. These whiteners, which usually come in a gel form, contain peroxide, which bleaches tooth enamel. The nice thing about trays and mouthguards is that they can be reused for several years. You can even do at-home refresher bleaching one or two times per year to remove any stains that have popped up since your last whitening treatment. This whitening method is nice, but you should know that it might expose you to some side effects like irritated gums and heightened sensitivity.

Whatever whitening option interests you, remember to run it by Dr. Tinkle, who can suggest the best method for your unique set of pearly whites.

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