Teeth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure. Having your teeth whitened falls into the cosmetic dentistry category because it is designed to enhance your appearance by reducing tooth discoloration and staining to elicit a brighter, whiter smile. You may feel that your teeth are too discolored to ever be white again, but Dr. Weiss has had amazing results with our professional teeth whitening techniques.
Tooth discoloration and staining is a relatively common problem. Teeth are porous and are therefore not stain resistant. Red wine, soda, coffee, and tea, among other food and drink, contribute to the discoloration of teeth over time. Medications such as the antibiotic tetracycline may cause significant staining, resulting in yellow, grayish teeth. Smokers’ teeth can become permanently stained if the discoloration is not treated in a timely manner.
Tooth brushing alone can’t brighten teeth dulled by years of exposure to such discoloring agents. In fact, people with dull teeth sometimes over-brush in an attempt to eliminate stains, and this can harm the enamel.
More often than not, whitening your teeth works adequately. Whitening procedures performed by Dr. Weiss may potentially whiten your teeth up to 14 shades, correcting serious discoloration issues. We advise you to avoid food and drink that could stain your teeth for about a week, as well as to refrain from smoking.
Occasionally tooth discoloration is so severe that whitening alone cannot fully treat the problem. Such situations may require a combination of whitening and the placement of custom porcelain veneers on specific discolored teeth. You may opt for veneer treatment alone rather than a teeth whitening regimen.
Teeth Whitening can be performed at home by you with custom made bleaching trays made just for you in our office! At-home bleaching is a convenient low cost way to whiten your teeth. Our office offers Opalescence teeth whitening products for at home whitening. Opalescence is only offered through a professional dental office because of its high strength and effectiveness. Results are quick and safe.
Contact our office now at 410-666-9266 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.