Tooth discoloration can come for a few different reasons. Some of the most common factors in tooth discoloration are:
What types of whitening are usually offered?
In-Office Whitening - If you are a candidate for whitening, your dentist may suggest a procedure done in office called “chairside” or “in-office whitening.” This procedure can be completed in as little as one visit. During an in-office whitening procedure, Dr. Howard will apply a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A whitening agent is put onto your teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. Typical results can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in as little as one hour!
Custom Whitening Trays - Custom take-home whitening products such as Whitening For Life™ typically come in a gel which is dispensed into a custom tray or mouthguard. These trays are made by your dentist to fit your teeth precisely. Usage may vary depending on the product. Some products are used twice a day for approximately two weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for one to two weeks.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. On average, it takes anywhere from six to nine months after the initial whitening for wear to start showing. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. Individuals who want to keep their teeth white longer should take care of their teeth, eat healthy foods that don’t stain, and refrain from smoking. Individuals caring for their teeth the proper way and following the above recommended measures can get the most out of teeth whitening and maintain a gorgeous smile.
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