Teeth stains can be annoying, embarrassing, and frustrating. People often find them difficult to remove with store bought systems, which may also cause tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, we help brighten smiles in Des Moines, IA, using professional teeth whitening. Find out how KöR whitening combines in-office and at-home procedures to brighten smiles by several shades.
First, you will come to the office for an initial treatment. We will apply a bleaching gel to the teeth and activate the gel using a curing light. Afterward, we send you home with a custom-made set of trays and a special bleaching gel. At home, you will fill the trays with gel and wear them for around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your dentist’s recommendations. Total treatment time takes about a week to ten days. Following treatment, your smile could potentially be brightened by multiple shades. Treatment is designed to remove stains and limit tooth sensitivity.
Keeping Your Smile Bright
You keep your trays and gel for touch-ups down the road. However, you can also take steps to reduce the severity of future discoloration. First, try to cut back on drinks with dark pigments, like soda, tea, red wine, and coffee. Also, reduce your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, as they promote plaque buildup, a sticky film that increases the visibility of stains. You should brush your teeth twice a day of two minutes. However, don’t jump at the whitening toothpastes, as they often contain abrasive agents that could inadvertently damage your teeth. You need to floss before going to bed every night, and make time to see us every six months for a dental cleaning. A cleaning removes all plaque and tartar, helping you leave with a brighter smile.
What If My Discoloration Is Permanent?
Most discoloration is extrinsic, meaning they form on the surface as a result of oral hygiene habits and diet. However, some actually form in the dentin beneath the outer enamel. They may be caused by an injury to the teeth, fluorosis, or exposure to tetracycline at a young age. These stains may respond to our whitening system, but if not then we may suggest masking them with bonding, veneers, or a combination of these two cosmetic options. If you have any questions about treating teeth stains, or about our cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today. We’re more than ready to help you enjoy a brighter smile!
GATEWAY DENTAL GROUP OFFERS COSMETIC DENTISTRY
Ready to enjoy a brighter smile, one you can’t wait to show the world? To learn more about the cosmetic treatments we offer in Des Moines, IA, then please give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.