Why is it hard to maintain white teeth?

It’s no secret that behind a gorgeous smile are white, bright teeth, which can be tough to maintain, especially as you get older.

When your teeth first come in, they’re protected by a healthy amount of enamel, which is what resists stains and keeps your teeth pearly white. Over time, however, your enamel begins to slowly wear down, allowing more of the brown dentin inside your teeth to show through, which is what creates the yellowing effect.

On top of the natural erosion of your enamel, stains can begin to pile up on your teeth, which start to resist even professional teeth cleaning. Years of coffee, tea, or smoking can wreak havoc on white teeth, leaving them stained and discolored.

The result is that it becomes more and more difficult to maintain white teeth, which is where periodic teeth whitening can help.

How does in-office teeth whitening work?

If you want to whiten your teeth quickly for a big event, the in-office whitening services at Gunnerson Dental are just what you need. When you come in, your dental expert sits down with you to discuss the level of whitening that will benefit you most and then performs your treatment.

First, they apply a professional-grade whitening gel to your teeth, and then they use a special light to activate the gel. All you need to do is sit back and let the whitening agents go to work.

In most cases, you can whiten your teeth by several shades in just one visit, allowing you to flash the perfect grin at your next event.

Can I whiten my teeth at home?

If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth more gradually, Gunnerson Dental offers take-home trays. The custom trays are available for free to all patients who keep up with their regular preventive care visits every six months.

After creating your whitening trays, your dental expert provides you with the professional-grade whitening gel, which you put in the trays at home and place on your teeth for a certain amount of time. In most cases, you can whiten your teeth by several shades over two weeks, wearing your trays every evening for an hour or two.

If you’d like to whiten and brighten your teeth the right way, call Gunnerson Dental or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.