Teeth Whitening

georgetown dentistry, whitening1Whitening procedures effectively restore the smiles of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.

The darker tissue of the tooth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or by caffeine and tobacco.

Food particles are naturally attracted to tooth enamel by a particular protein. Coffee, tea, berries, soy sauce, and similar products are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable togeorgetown dentistry, whitening1staining from food and other substances. This type of stain can more easily be attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing. Another type of stain, caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis, actually begins inside the tooth. Brushing and flossing will not prevent or resolve this issue.

More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.

Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away tooth enamel.

Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but are only effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products are also less effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations like crowns, bridges, bonding, and tooth-colored fillings. In this case, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions are followed closely.

Professional whitening performed under the supervision of an expert cosmetic dentist in our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Our tooth whitening can last as long as five years.