Cosmetic dentistry has risen in popularity in recent years, and advances in the field have opened these services up to more people than ever before. The most common request we hear from our patients who want to improve the appearance of their smiles is – “Can you whiten my teeth?” If you’ve tried all the over the counter whitening products on the market with no change in the appearance of your smile, pick up the phone and call Plano Family Dental instead. Dr. Varun Joseph can offer professional whitening treatments you can perform in the comfort of home. What’s the difference between store bought whitening kits and our professional products? Simple – ours deliver predictable results with teeth up to ten shades brighter. Schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Plano dental office to get started today.
Causes of Dental Discoloration
There are many causes of dental discoloration, and we will examine your smile to create a whitening plan geared toward addressing these underlying concerns. Some of the most common causes of dental discoloration include:
- Regularly consuming darkly pigmented foods and drinks (red wine, coffee, berries, etc.)
- Tobacco use
- Genetic predisposition to darker tooth color
- Enamel wear revealing the yellow, dentin layers of teeth
- Taking tetracycline medications during dental development
Opalescence Teeth Whitening
The Opalescence teeth whitening system is available from the manufacturers of the innovative Opalescence! teeth whitening system. Opalescence kits include customized application trays and professional-grade gel. The Opalescence process is simple. You’ll place a small amount of whitening gel on your teeth using your custom application trays. For best results, you should leave the application tray in place for 30 minutes each day.
You should start to see improvement after the first few applications, and most patients see their desired result after 10 to 14 days of treatment. Opalescence is also a great way to touch up the results of in-office teeth whitening by taking a “whitening weekend.” If you had a professional whitening treatment in the past, and you’re starting to see some discoloration again, simply use your Opalescence kit for a few days. In most cases, two to three applications are adequate to help patients achieve their previous whitening results even a year or more after their initial whitening treatment.
Maintaining Your Teeth Whitening Results
After you achieve your desired teeth whitening results, your smile will not be brilliant white forever. The enamel is still susceptible to the same staining elements it always has been. Limiting your consumption of dark foods and drinks, foregoing tobacco use, brushing and flossing each day, and visiting us for professional teeth cleanings will extend the results for several months (or even years for some patients). When it’s time for a touchup, let us know. We can provide refill treatment, using your custom application trays and a new round of Opalescence gel.