We all want to look our best and sometimes our teeth are just the place to start. Teeth become discolored for several reasons. Genetics play a role in tooth color and how quickly tooth enamel discolors. Some discoloration takes place naturally with age. Trauma to the teeth, illness, medication and exposure to certain foods, beverages and tobacco can cause discoloration. If your teeth are discolored, tooth whitening may help!
Whitening products may be administered or dispensed by dentist or purchased over-counter. The primary ways to whiten are:
- Crest White Strips or Tres White--Can be purchased through store or our office. “One size fits all” is slightly cumbersome.
- Custom trays with whitening gel--Custom fitted tray; this is the most predictable technique. There are two strengths of bleach that require different time lengths -- 35% strength takes ½ hour and 10% leave in overnight.
- In-office whitening--two hours is the time commitment and is great if you want a dramatic change quickly. You are given the custom fitted trays and bleach to take home for maintaining your white teeth.