When you’re unhappy with your smile, it can change how you look at the world – and how you feel others look at you. For many people, the color of their teeth has a big impact on how they feel about their smile. Are you one of them? At Briarwood Valley Dentistry, as your dentist in Kalamazoo, we’d like to tell you about why your smile may not be as bright as you like – and how teeth whitening can help.
Types Of Tooth Discoloration
While there are many reasons your smile may not be as bright as it used to be, they all fall into two main categories: extrinsic staining and intrinsic discoloration.
Extrinsic Tooth Stains – This type of staining happens from external influences. Most people know that for teeth that have lost their brightness due to smoking and consuming tooth-staining foods like berries, red wine, coffee, and tea, they can have their teeth whitened in the convenience of their home using our take-home kit.
Intrinsic Discoloration – This tooth discoloration is caused by internal influences like fluorosis, root canal treatment, and medicines such as Tetracycline. At Briarwood Valley Dentistry, we have options to whiten teeth that have been discolored because of these intrinsic influences that affect the color of the tooth from the inside. We call this technique “deep bleaching.”
Types Of Teeth Whitening
At practice, we offer two types of teeth whitening and either is a great option depending on your individual needs. We’d happily go over your options and recommend the right choice for you.
In-Office Teeth Whitening – After a thorough cleaning to ensure that your teeth are free of plaque, tartar or debris, we will decide together how much whiter you would like your smile to be – we can lighten up to 8 shades! Then, we’ll isolate your teeth and apply the whitening gel. While you relax, the teeth whitening agent will do its work. Within 60 to 90 minutes, your teeth will be whiter and brighter – and you’ll be excited to show off your new look!
Take-Home Teeth Whitening – Using a product that is prescribed for your individual smile needs, we’ll get the ingredients and concentration just right, so you don’t wind up with an unsatisfactory (or shocking!) outcome. You’ll receive custom-fitted trays that fit snugly over your teeth and we’ll determine exactly how long and often you need to wear them for optimal results. The entire process – from start to finish – is monitored, ensuring there are zero surprises.
Most of us have smiles that could use a boost from teeth whitening. If you’re one, no matter the origin of stains or discoloration, give us a call! We will help you choose which whitening technique is best for you. Now ... imagine your dazzling white bright smile – you deserve it!
Yours in continuing dental health,
Dr. Lorraine Hanna, your Kalamazoo and Westwood family dentist