If your smile is no longer as bright and vibrant as it used to be, you should realize that you are not alone. Tooth discoloration is one of the most common cosmetic issues in the world, and almost everyone is going to struggle with this problem at some point. Instead of using over-the-counter whitening products that can be ineffective or potentially harmful, patients should consider accelerated teeth whitening treatments carried out by an experienced dentist.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Staining
You might be surprised to hear that there are two different types of tooth stains. The most common form of staining is referred to as extrinsic staining. This is the type of staining that develops over the course of a few years due to the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, and other daily habits.
Extrinsic staining often responds wonderfully to professional treatment options such as accelerated whitening. Intrinsic staining, on the other hand, is discoloration deep below the surface of the teeth. Internal stains can be the result of certain medication, and tooth decay.
Over-the-Counter Whitening: Is It Effective?
Many people that are struggling with a discolored smile believe that an over-the-counter product will be their best option for brightening their teeth, but these whiteners do have some drawbacks. The biggest drawback is the fact that they are not overseen by an oral health professional.
When it comes to applying powerful chemicals to one’s teeth, it always pays to err on the side of caution. Leaving trays on for too long or applying whitening gels too often can permanently damage the outer layer of enamel. You can also irritate your gums if the products are applied incorrectly. This is why professional teeth whitening remains the safest and most effective option for brightening a smile.
What is Accelerated Teeth Whitening?
Accelerated teeth whitening treatments are designed to brighten a patient’s smile. A peroxide-based cleaning agent may be applied to the teeth and then activated by a special light. It is these lights that accelerate the chemical process of removing stains from one’s enamel and dentin.
By accelerating this process, the hydrogen peroxide whitener may be left on the teeth for a much shorter period of time. This limits one’s risk of experiencing any discomfort or irritation.
For how we tailor a treatment, contact the office of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, DDS.
What to Expect
You will first need to have your teeth examined so that the dentist can make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
With the proper aftercare, you will be able to enjoy your dazzling smile for two years or longer. Get started now.