Serving Vancouver – Battle Ground – Camas
Did you know you could have access to professional teeth whitening every year for FREE? Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment!
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Teeth can discolor due to aging, certain types of medications (tetracycline, etc.), fluoride stains, tobacco products, tooth trauma, and ingesting certain substances such as coffee, tea, dark pop, red wine, etc. Also, if a tooth is non-vital, it will darken. Professional whitening is the best option for safely lightening teeth.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to lighten the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
- To lighten stained teeth
- To give yourself a reason to smile more
- Tooth whitening has been shown to heighten people’s self-esteem
- Studies show that tooth whitening makes people look younger
What Should I Consider Before Whitening?
Crowns and Fillings: While whitening has no effect on crowns or fillings, tooth whitening only whitens the natural tooth enamel; therefore, it is important to evaluate the shade of existing fillings, crowns, etc., as well as the need for future mouth restorations before bleaching. Replacement of any restorations should be completed 7-10 days after bleaching so the Doctor can accurately match the newly bleached teeth.
Gum Health: We consider your health and safety above all else. Patients that are experiencing periodontal gum disease may experience tissue damage from the bleaching solutions; therefore it is essential that we evaluate the health of your gums before proceeding with the whitening process.
How Do I Keep My Smile White?
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. The most important part of maintaining a white smile is daily oral hygiene and brushing shortly after consuming staining foods and beverages. Regular professional cleanings will also help keep your teeth healthy and white. As time passes, your teeth may naturally darken slightly. However, by ordering our take-home refill kit, you can apply a booster whitening as needed. In order to help you achieve the final glow quicker, the refill is a stronger solution than the normal whitening gel (35% as opposed to 25%).