Teeth Whitening Options

There is nothing more unnatural than trying to hold back a smile because we don’t want anyone to notice our stained or discolored teeth. Wouldn’t you like to boost your personal image and confidence that comes with brighter, whiter teeth? There are several teeth whitening options available that can remove or reduce the signs of brown and yellow staining. Procedures are available through our Cosmetic Dentistry. Lakewood Family Dentistry has been successfully providing teeth whitening procedures for their patients for more than 20 years. Our Dental Team can explain the pros and cons of each treatment available and determine the best teeth whitening alternative for you based on your personal dental condition.

Why do our teeth become stained?

Brown or yellow stains develop can on our teeth from several types of foods and beverages. Here is the list to be aware of if you are trying to minimize staining to your teeth:

* Berries
* Coffee
* Dark Fruit Juice
* Dark Soft Drinks
* Red Wine
* Tea

Many of us crave that cup of coffee or tea in the morning. Hot liquids can be particularly hazardous to your white smile because they change the temperature of your teeth causing your teeth to expand allowing stains from the dark beverages to enter your teeth. Slightly acidic foods can also open up the pores of your tooth enamel allowing stains to more easily penetrate your teeth. Lastly, Smoking can negatively affect the health of our gums and the color of our teeth. Obviously one solution to improving your smile is to eliminate these bad habits but we all know that can feel like an insurmountable task. Fortunately there have been major advances in teeth whitening products and techniques.

Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Home whitening products can be beneficial for mild staining or to maintain the shade of whitened teeth after a dental procedure. However, if you use home teeth whitening products incorrectly they can harm your tooth enamel and irritate your gum tissue. Home bleaching kits can also produce uneven results and excessive use can create an unnatural bluish hue. Professional dental supervision by can help avoid these mistakes.

Dentist applied Teeth Whitening Products

Dental office teeth whitening techniques and products have greatly evolved. Whitening teeth is one of the most common dental services performed today. Fairly high concentrations of bleaching agents are applied under carefully monitored, safe conditions. In-office teeth whitening treatments are often immediately visible. One of the most popular whitening products available to dentists today is a take-home whitening solution applied with custom trays.

At Lakewood Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the safest and most effective teeth whitening procedures available today. We have served our patients and our community for over 20 years. Let us care for you and your family’s smiles, contact us today to schedule an appointment (303) 237-4831.