Many patients visit White Clay Dental Associates each year and express an interest in brightening their smiles. Our team can help most of these patients achieve their desired smile brightening results. We simply need to determine the root cause of your dental discoloration, and we can create a personalized treatment plan to deliver a brilliant white smile. We recommend gradual, effective professional take-home whitening kits for most of our Newark cosmetic dentistry patients.
Causes of Dental Discoloration
Bright white teeth are indicative of strong, healthy tooth enamel. People notice yellow, gray, or discolored tooth enamel for a variety of reasons. Establishing the underlying cause of tooth staining is an important part of the teeth whitening process. Some of the reasons patients may experience dental discoloration include:
- Consumption of staining foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and berries - if it will stain a white shirt it will stain your white tooth enamel
- Poor oral hygiene leading to early tooth wear
- Aging that leads to thinner tooth enamel revealing the yellow colored dentin layer beneath
- Fluorosis staining that is caused by excessive exposure to fluoride during the development of permanent teeth
- Taking tetracycline and other medications during dental development
Store Bought Teeth Whitening
Many patients who visit our office interested in teeth whitening have already invested countless dollars in store bought teeth whitening gels, strips, pastes, and even high tech lights and other gadgets. While these products promise dramatic results, they are not often able to make much of an impact on the shade of your smile. The reason for this is two-fold. First, the whitening agents they use are administered in extremely low doses in order to pass the stringent FDA regulations. In addition to having a minimal amount of active whitening agent, these take-home whiteners are also improperly applied. Most whiteners are applied with ill-fitting application trays. Others, like whitening toothpastes, lack an effective method of keeping the whitener on the teeth long enough to deliver the desired results.
Professional Take-Home Whitening Kits
Our professional take-home whitening kits address both of the concerns presented by store bought teeth whitening products. We start by using a professional grade, highly effective whitening gel. This higher dose of active whitener is applied using a custom crafted application tray. By using an application tray that is fitted to your unique smile, the whitener is held in place longer. Additionally, these custom fitted trays seal out saliva that can neutralize the effects of teeth whitening. Used daily as directed, patients can achieve their desired teeth whitening results in about two weeks.
Benefits of At-Home Teeth Whitening
We rely on at-home whitening kits because they offer predictable results without dental sensitivity or need to spend an hour or more in the dental office (though we always love to spend time with our patients). Instead, wearing the custom application trays for just about thirty minutes a day, allows patients to achieve the same dramatically brighter results from the comfort of home.
Other Cosmetic Options
If we examine your smile and determine the staining or discoloration will not be effectively treated with teeth whitening, we may recommend another cosmetic dentistry option. Patients whose staining is caused by natural erosion of tooth enamel or deep-set fluorosis staining among others, are typically encouraged to consider porcelain veneers or direct bonding to create the flawless, white smile they desire. Your smile is completely unique to you, and your cosmetic dentistry plan at White Clay Dental Associates will be too.