Who wouldn’t love having a brighter, whiter smile? While good oral hygiene and routine cleanings can help keep some staining at bay, professional teeth whitening services take it a step further by eliminating stains and whitening the enamel. At Gunnerson Dental near Spanish Fork, Utah, we offer several options for professional teeth whitening to make the smile of your dreams easy to attain.
Reasons Teeth Become Discolored
If you’ve noticed that your teeth appear dull, yellow, or stained, it could be for one of the following reasons:
- Food and Drink – Dark-colored foods and beverages such as coffee, red wine, and red pasta sauce have intense pigments that cause discoloration of the enamel.
- Age – As we age, the tooth enamel begins to thin, revealing more of the yellowish dentin layer below.
- Tobacco use – Tar and nicotine in tobacco products are notorious for turning teeth yellow and brown.
- Trauma – Mouth injuries can lead to tooth discoloration as insufficient blood flow reaches the tooth.
- Medications – Side effects of certain antibiotics, antihistamines, and other medications can cause tooth discoloration.
Types of Professional Teeth Whitening Services
When it comes to teeth whitening, there are two main types of services: in-office and at-home whitening. Both options use professional-grade products to remove years of stains and dramatically brighten the smile. Choosing which option is best for you depends on several factors.
- Time-frame – Do you have an event coming up next week? Then, in-office whitening will be the best option because it gives you results in an hour. If you aren’t under a deadline and prefer to whiten teeth gradually, at-home whitening can be a good fit.
- Cost – In-office whitening treatment tends to be more expensive than at-home options.
- Longevity – In-office whitening uses a stronger bleaching agent than professional at-home services, so your teeth may stay whiter longer. On the other hand, at-home whitening trays can be kept and used for periodic touch-ups as needed.
Does Teeth Whitening Work on All Teeth?
The short answer is teeth whitening generally works on all natural teeth. However, it will not work on dental restorations such as crowns, fillings, inlays, and onlays. Teeth whitening also may not be as effective on teeth that are stained due to trauma or certain medications.
Are You Ready for a Brighter Smile?
If you are in the South Fork, Utah area and are ready to say goodbye to yellow teeth and hello to a gorgeous, vibrant smile, call Gunnerson Dental today at (801) 658-0175.
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