Teeth whitening has gained in popularity recently as one of the most common cosmetic dentist services we provide. Through an in-office or take-home kit, your results will vary, but most patients see significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile increases self-confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.
Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, mean two different things. Surface cracks and stains occur on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic – like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce – have even greater staining power.
Teeth bleaching is used to describe a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be done in-office. Bleaching can commonly achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains, can be effectively lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.
Call the friendly and thorough team at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry to schedule a complimentary consultation for teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry procedures!
We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!
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