You may not immediately notice when your teeth begin to lose some of their brilliance. Over time, though, stains and discoloration can become increasingly more obvious. Fortunately, you may be able to brighten your teeth and restore your smile’s brilliance with a custom, professional teeth-whitening treatment. At our office, we provide a choice of whitening options, including a personalized take-home kit and the advanced, in-office KöR deep bleaching system. With the right treatment, you can eliminate obvious stains and smile confidently again in no time.
How Teeth-Whitening Works
Most common teeth stains develop on the enamel (outer surface) of your teeth. To erase them, professional teeth-whitening works by breaking up the stains and eliminating them while brightening the tooth structure, or dentin, underneath the enamel. Take-home whitening involves applying the whitening agent on your teeth with the help of a set of custom-designed whitening trays. By contrast, in-office treatment can be completed in just one hour, during a single visit to our office.
How Long the Results Last
Teeth-whitening is popular because it’s highly effective at erasing even stubborn teeth stains. However, stains can occur naturally and they may reappear over time. If they do, then you can erase them just as effectively and easily with a teeth-whitening touchup.
What to Do if Whitening Won’t Work
Some types of stains don’t occur on your tooth enamel’s surface, but rather within the dentin underneath the semi-translucent enamel. Known as internal discoloration, these types of stains don’t respond to teeth-whitening. Instead, your dentist may suggest cosmetic tooth bonding or porcelain veneers for more successful smile improvement.
Ask Your Dentist About Teeth-Whitening
If your smile is losing some of its brightness, then find out if you should consider teeth-whitening by speaking with your dentist during your next visit. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.