Whitening your teeth is a simple cosmetic procedure that can make a dramatic change in your look. There are both in-office whitening treatments and prescribed take-home kits available. Working with our team at Nicholas Dose, DMD - Family Dental Care, we can help you have a brighter, cleaner, fresher looking smile, best of all; our patients often feel that they even look younger when completed.
Lake Oswego, OR
It’s not a secret; we require many thing from our teeth. They are continually exposed to the large variety of stains and acids from the foods and drinks we consume. Even with good consistent brushing, after a period, our teeth begin to look dingy, and we often assume this discoloration is associated with aging. We can remove the stains, and the years of wear, from your teeth quickly and easily.
Extrinsic versus Intrinsic Staining
Teeth whitening can help teeth that are extrinsically stained; this means that the outer layer of the enamel is stained, often due to food and drink stains or smoking.
Teeth that have been stained intrinsically, which is the inside the tooth, from conditions such as fluorosis, trauma to a tooth, or tetracycline antibiotics, cannot be fixed with whitening. We can discuss dental bonding
in this situation.
Some of the biggest teeth-staining foods and drinks we consume include acidic foods such as berries, tomato sauces, soy sauces, wine and tannic acid that is found in sodas, coffee, and tea.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In office teeth whitening is completed in about one hour. Because you are under the care of Dr. Dose, we can prescribe a heavy dosage of peroxide, much higher than can be purchased in a store. We create a barrier, or dam, to protect the soft gum tissue from the chemical. Otherwise burns can occur. The peroxide will bleach the stains and whiten your teeth.
In general, patients have only their most visible teeth bleached. This often includes the 6-8 front teeth on each jaw. Additionally, we can arrange to have just a specific tooth, or a couple of teeth whitened to assist in a specific situation.
Prescribed Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Some patients like the ability to control the whitening of their teeth at home. This can be done with a prescribed kit. These kits offer higher levels of peroxide and come with a customized tray designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. With the kit, patients can choose when and how often they whiten. Results will vary, and you are in control.
Do store-bought teeth whitening products work?
When choosing whitening products from a store, be sure to read the product label. Often, store-bought whitening products do offer some level of peroxide and can limitedly whiten your teeth. Store bought products cannot provide the same levels of peroxide that can be prescribed. This means that in many cases, the product purchased will provide some level of whitening, but it will be more limited and done over a longer period of time.