Professional Teeth Whitening Burlington, NC
Teeth whitening procedures have effectively restored the smiles of many people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. More and more people today are choosing teeth whitening treatments to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Why Choose Us For Teeth Whitening?
Here at Hargis Family Dentistry, we offer the latest in digital scanning and whitening technology to provide our patients with safe, effective whitening in the comfort of their own home. We make it simple and convenient for our patients to achieve the brighter smile they desire.
We first use an iTero intraoral scanner to take a digital impression of your mouth. We then send the digital scans of your teeth to the lab where they create custom whitening trays molded to fit your mouth. The trays, along with the bleaching solution and instructions are delivered right to your door in a matter of days. This professional level at-home teeth whitening kit is very popular with many of our patients.
Read on to learn more about teeth whitening or call our Burlington, NC office today at (336) 226-8069 to schedule an appointment.
What Causes Teeth To Stain?
The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco. Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth's enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
Teeth staining and discoloration can also be caused by traumatic injuries, certain medications, and fluorosis. This type of staining actually begins inside the tooth so brushing and flossing don’t help.
Is It Ok To Use Store Bought Over-The-Counter Whitening Products?
Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely. Some commercially available "whitening toothpastes" can also be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth's enamel. For the safest and best results, and for the most dramatic whitening effect, it is best to have teeth whitening done professionally through your Burlington dentist either in office or through take home kits provided by our dental office.
Can Teeth Whitening Remove All Stains And Discoloration?
Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. In this case, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate to achieve the results you desire.