A number of factors could lead to stained teeth. While you can easily purchase store-bought options to brighten smiles, these offer minor results that don’t last very long. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about how we use professional teeth whitening to brighten smiles in one visit, or from the comfort of your own home.
The Causes of Your Teeth Stains
Our teeth could be stained due to poor oral hygiene habits, such as a sugar and starch-rich diet or improper brushing and flossing. These actions mean plaque buildup accumulates and makes stains more visible. If you smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products, this could also lead to stains. Discoloration is possible with beverages containing tannins and dark pigments, like tea, red wine, coffee, and soda. Knowing the factors behind your discoloration could help you keep your teeth brighter for longer. Just drink more water, enjoy healthier snack options, avoid cigarettes, and brush your teeth twice a day and floss every evening. You should also see us for a cleaning every six months!
Removing Stains in Our Office
As far as removing the discoloration that has already formed, we have professional options. If you need results quickly, such as in time for a job interview or first date, then talk to our team about our in-office procedure. We will sit you down and then apply a protective covering to your lips and gums. A powerful bleaching gel then coats the teeth, and a light activates the gel. This teeth whitening process is repeated and removes discoloration in as little as one to two hours, so you enjoy a stunning smile in one sitting!
An At-Home Option
We also have an option to use at home. This system helps limit tooth sensitivity, and can address more severe discoloration too. To begin, you stop by the office long enough for our team to take a detailed impression of your teeth, which we use to construct a set of plastic trays. We send you home with these trays, along with a bleaching gel. Once you get home, you will fill the trays with gel and wear them for 30 to 60 minutes a day. The trays prevent saliva from diluting the gel, and also ensure even results. This is down for about a week to ten days, depending on how severe your discoloration is. For some, teeth could be brightened by up to eight shades. The trays and gel are then kept for any necessary touch-ups in the coming months!
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you would like to undergo care with our professional cosmetic treatments, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.