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What Do I Need to Know about Teeth Whitening?
Discolored teeth can be caused by a variety of factors. For instance, certain foods and beverages like red wine and coffee can stain your teeth. Tobacco products can also cause yellowing. If your enamel starts to thin and wear down, that can also cause yellowing of your teeth. A history of antibiotic use, such as tetracyclines, can cause permanent stains on your teeth, too. Moreover, of course, poor oral hygiene is often responsible for stains and blemishes on your teeth.
Many people mistakenly think that all teeth whitening gels and pastes are the same and that they can casually walk into any big-box store and pick up a bottle of tooth whitener. That could not be further than the truth! The fact is, the over-the-counter tooth whitening gels can make your dental health worse. Because they do not use professional-grade materials, they may not whiten your teeth. They can also compromise your enamel and cause nasty chemical burns on your gums or soft tissue.
To avoid these complications, we strongly advise that you come to our office for an in-house tooth whitening procedure. We use stronger, better bleach in our office to deliver superior results. We also have the skill and the expertise to carefully apply the bleach to your teeth, avoiding any sensitive areas that can become injured if they came in contact with the peroxide. It is also important to schedule a dental appointment for bleaching to help ensure your teeth are healthy enough to be bleached and that there is not any underlying decay or infection that needs to be addressed first.
During your appointment for whitening, we will discuss with you your options. We may decide to offer in-office whitening with custom-fit trays to ensure the best results. This can help make sure that any discomfort to you is minimized during the procedure. Depending on what works best for you, we may also send you home with trays and whitening gel. Regardless of the route you take, when you have your teeth whitened with us, we are confident that you will be happy with the results! (A little bit of sensitivity immediately following the procedure is to be expected, and you can take NSAIDs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the discomfort.)
If you are interested in learning more about teeth whitening, please do not hesitate to give us a call! We would love to answer your questions. To set up an appointment at our office here at El Paso Modern Dentistry, or for more information, please give us a call today at (915) 444-2660!