People with stained teeth often benefit from custom take-home whitening. Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your stained, discolored or dull-looking teeth.
Teeth whitening products, which contain peroxides, change your natural tooth color from five to seven shades whiter.
In general, whitening procedures work for most people. Tooth whitening procedures work best if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown or orange respond better to whitening. Other types of stains (i.e. gray) by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline can be lightened but with less than satisfactory results. Those can be treated with dazzling porcelain veneers.
If you are interested in take-home whitening, have your teeth examined by our doctors or our hygienists. Not everyone is a good candidate for whitening. In some cases of serious discoloration and pitted teeth, porcelain veneers may be more appropriate than whitening. Moreover, crowns, bridges, and fillings do not whiten, so it may be necessary to replace dental work to make it blend with the new color of your whitened teeth. An x-ray or examinations may be the only accurate way to make a true assessment.