Over time our teeth can lose their luster, becoming stained and looking just not-quite-as-white as they used to. The foods we eat and drink, smoking, trauma, medications, and simple aging can all cause our teeth to become discolored. Teeth whitening in our Rockford area office can address this problem. We offer take-home bleaching kits to fit any need and budget.
What is teeth whitening? Teeth whitening is a way to deep clean your teeth by removing small bits of debris that have discolored your teeth. Topical products that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are applied to the teeth where they help to break up the debris that has discolored your teeth.
Benefits of whitening. Whitening will bring back the luster your smile has been missing. It can restore teeth to their natural color or make them whiter and brighter.
Ideal candidates for whitening procedures. Teeth whitening does not work on all teeth. It won’t work on caps, crowns, veneers or fillings. It may not work well on teeth that have suffered trauma, or those that are brown or gray in color. The best candidates have teeth that have yellowed naturally over time.
What are the different kinds of teeth whitening procedures? There are three ways to whiten teeth: In-office procedures, whitening toothpastes, and at-home bleaching kits. In-office whitening involves a topical gel and a special light to facilitate bleaching. Whitening toothpastes help to break up stains on the surface enamel. At-home bleach kits bleach the tooth enamel, using a less concentrated bleach than the dentist would use.
Is teeth whitening permanent? Whitening is not considered a permanent solution. Over time, you may find that you teeth darken or become discolored again due to staining. This can be removed with polishing or professional cleaning of your teeth.
Are there any side effects I should know about? Some patients experience increased tooth sensitivity after whitening procedures. Sensitivity should fade with time, but care must be taken not to overuse whiteners.
Learn More About Teeth Whitening At Anderson Dental
Contact Susan P. Anderson, DDS General Family Dentistry to learn more about teeth whitening in Rockford or to schedule an appointment.