Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits take a lot of time and patience to achieve your desired results. Many people overuse their whitening systems in the hopes of speeding up the bleaching process, but over-whitening your teeth can lead to sensitivity, irritation, erosion, and discoloration. Instead, if you have stubborn stains that just won’t disappear, it’s time to contact your Des Moines cosmetic dentist. Dr. Stephen Burds offers whitening, veneers, and bonding to hide deep discolorations and brighten your smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Des Moines
In-office teeth whitening will immediately remove tooth stains. Our whitening solution contains 38 percent hydrogen peroxide to break through deep stains. Our in-office treatment can lighten your teeth up to ten shades. If you prefer a more gradual treatment, at-home whitening trays also use professional-strength whitening gel to brighten your smile more effectively than over-the-counter treatments. You can also reuse your trays for touch-ups when needed.
Beyond Teeth Whitening: Veneers and Bonding
It’s important to remember that all tooth stains react differently to whitening treatments. Yellow stains are often easier to lighten than darker grays and browns. Additionally, intrinsic stains occur within the teeth as a result of injury, medications, or fluoride overexposure, and often don’t respond well to bleaching. When whitening doesn’t erase your discolorations, Dr. Burds suggests covering your blemishes with veneers or bonding.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are ceramic restorations that are handmade by a talented dental ceramist. Your custom restorations can hide major tooth flaws, including stains, gaps, and chips. Porcelain veneers are durable and virtually resistant to stains, so your bright smile can last for up to 15 years.
- Bonding: Bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers and is recommended to mask minor tooth blemishes. During the bonding process, Dr. Burds will apply a liquid composite resin to your teeth and sculpt it to a natural shape. He will then harden the material with a curing light to brighten your smile in just one office visit.
If your tooth stains won’t budge, Dr. Burds can recommend the cosmetic treatment that will effectively brighten your smile. Contact Gateway Dental Group in Des Moines, Iowa at (515) 244-9565 to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Burds. We welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.