Eliminate Tooth Staining and Discoloration
Your tooth color is genetically determined and can vary in shades and degree of brilliance. Some people actually have a dazzling white smile naturally while others have a pale yellow to a slightly blue gray color to their teeth.
As we age our teeth tend to become stained and discolored. This is partially due to natural aging but also is caused by a variety of other factors. Dental decay and dental problems combined with medications can change the color of your teeth. Stains from foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, soda, red wine, and most types of berries can also cause staining. Acidic foods and drinks also tend to erode enamel and allow more significant stains to occur.
The Aesthetic Family Dentistry Teeth Whitening Options
When you come in for your regular checkup or cleaning or to have a dental procedure completed Dr. Hutto will be happy to explain the options you should consider for tooth bleaching. These can include:
- In-office Teeth Whitening – this is the most effective tooth whitening option and is convenient, painless and typically lasts about an hour. Your gums will be protected with a rubber dam and the teeth will be coated with a 15 to 35% solution of carbamide peroxide. The percentage of carbamide peroxide will depend on the whitening required and the significance of the stains and discolorations. A special light may be used to enhance the whitening process. You will just sit back and enjoy your favorite movie, DVD or television during the treatment.
- At-home Teeth Whitening – Dr. Dean Hutto will prepare individualized trays that you can use at home. You will simple add a solution of carbamide peroxide, typically at about 10% and wear the trays for an hour a day for up to two weeks.
- Over-the-counter Whitening – there are several over-the-counter whitening products on the market that can be used to treat light stains and discolorations. These take longer and typically do not give the degree of whitening that is possible with the methods that Dr. Hutto can provide. However, we can work with you to make recommendations on whitening toothpastes and products that are a good match for your requirements.
In the event that whitening options will not be effective, Dr. Hutto can also discuss the option of porcelain veneers or dental bonding, great ways to improve your smile.
For more information or to book an appointment for tooth whitening in Baytown, contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry at (281) 422-8248.