Do you have yellowed teeth? Are your teeth stained from too much coffee or cola drinks?
At Best Dental Spa, Dr. Dhara Patel and her professional dental care associates provide the best teeth whitening treatment for discolored teeth. Tooth discoloration is due to your diet and smoking habits most of the time. Although, sometimes medications you’re taking or genetics cause discolored teeth. If we determine that traditional teeth whitening is not for you, we may recommend other effective cosmetic dental treatments for tooth discoloration.
Those who have tried less-than-effective teeth whitening methods can benefit from professional teeth whitening offered by Dr. Patel. Our team helps patients obtain a whiter and brighter smile without the use of lights or lasers. Best Dental Spa offers at-home treatment with whitening trays.
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure that does not damage the teeth or gums. Professional bleaching agents with tooth sensitivity in mind are painless while providing long-lasting results. Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments found in supermarkets and drugstores are usually not effective enough to whiten teeth. Professional teeth whitening overseen by a dentist can lighten teeth by multiple shades.
Why Are My Teeth Discolored?
Discoloration can occur in many different ways. For starters, it naturally happens as we age. Our outer layer of tooth enamel gets thinner, exposing more of the dentin layer underneath. Dentin is naturally an off-white or yellowish color, so this is what you’re seeing.
Your lifestyle habits can contribute to tooth discoloration as well. Smoking and drinking coffee or other dark drinks regularly will stain your teeth the more you use them. If you have a continuing habit over a long period of time, the darker the staining you’ll have will be. Certain medications can cause this, too, particularly if you took them while your mouth was developing and changing.
Trauma can also discolor teeth. If you have a “dead” tooth, it’ll turn a gray color because it’s no longer getting any blood flow. This can happen because of a hit to the tooth or because of decay.
During a cosmetic consultation at our office, Dr. Patel will do a full oral exam to make sure that teeth whitening is the best solution for your discolored teeth. In some cases, like a dead tooth, teeth whitening won’t successfully eliminate the discoloration. We offer options like dental bonding or porcelain veneers so that you can get the whiter smile you desire.
Teeth Whitening Treatment
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Dr. Patel provides patients with the convenience of take-home teeth whitening treatment. She will provide you with bleaching trays that are custom-fit to your teeth. At your appointment, impressions will be taken so that the bleaching trays can be made custom-fit for your smile.
The flexible trays hold professional-grade bleaching gel. Because the trays are made for your smile specifically, they protect your gums and soft tissue from coming into contact with the gel. Eliminating this contact helps to prevent sensitivity due to the gel.
Dr. Patel will create a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs. It includes how long to wear the trays each night, and how long the overall treatment will be. Sometimes it’s recommended that you wear the trays overnight. Your teeth will gradually get whiter until they’re the shade you want them to be. Make sure that you visit our office twice a year to make sure your teeth are staying healthy.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is usually done when you have an event coming up and you need to get a whiter smile quickly. We offer Zoom! teeth whitening in our dentist office. In about an hour at our office, you can leave with teeth up to eight shades whiter! You’ll see immediate results, but they’ll also get better over the time following the treatment. You should see the full effects about 24 hours after your appointment.
For in-office teeth whitening, we start by protecting your gums from the bleaching agent. Once this is done, Dr. Patel paints whitening gel onto your teeth. The staff gives you sunglasses to protect your eyes. A special light activates the whitening agent in the gel. You’re there for a certain amount of time until the treatment is complete.
The benefits of teeth whitening treatment include:
- Is long-lasting
- Improves tooth health
- Brightens teeth
- Reverses effects of aging on teeth
- Can help improve your confidence
Whitening your teeth not only improves the aesthetics of your smile but your oral health as well. Patients who undergo tooth whitening treatment often ensure that they visit the dentist regularly and properly care for their teeth. Wanting to maintain a bright smile can benefit the health of teeth and gums.
Real Patients, Real Results: Zoom Whitening
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Does professional whitening weaken your teeth?
No evidence has shown that professional teeth whitening damages a patient’s teeth. The dentist applies whitening gel to the surface of a patient’s teeth. It does not harm the bone or enamel.
How long do professionally whitened teeth last?
The amount of time that teeth whitening treatment lasts varies from patient to patient, and changes based on the type of bleaching agents used by the dentist. On average results may last anywhere from six months to three years.
How long after teeth whitening can I drink coffee?
After having professional teeth whitening treatment dentists recommend that patients avoid drinking coffee for at least 48 hours to let the effects of the whitening fully run their course. Coffee is known to stain teeth, so if you are looking to have whiter teeth, avoiding coffee, or drinking it through a straw is in your best interest.
Get a Whiter and Brighter Smile Today
Call 847.660.6603 for high-quality treatment at Best Dental Spa in Schaumburg, IL. Request an appointment with Dr. Patel online. Dr. Patel will work with you to find a treatment to improve the aesthetics of your smile whether it involves porcelain veneers, tooth bonding, or teeth whitening.