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Brighten Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening

Are you searching for that Hollywood smile? Maybe your pearly whites have become a bit yellowed, and you are looking for a way to brighten your appearance. Dr. Stephen Brown at Affordable Dental Clinics in Greeley, CO, offers in-office professional teeth whitening for patients looking to eliminate stains and discoloration on their teeth, as well as lighten their smile by several shades.

Why are My Teeth Stained?

Before discussing teeth whitening options, it is important to note the different types of dental stains. Extrinsic stains develop on the outer layers of the teeth, while intrinsic stains affect the innermost layers. There are several factors that can contribute to the presence of extrinsic and intrinsic stains:

  • Age: As we grow older, the protective layer of enamel wears thin, making the underlying layer of dentin more visible. This can make the teeth appear “dingy” or yellowed.
  • Foods and beverages: There are staining agents in a number of foods and drinks, including tea, coffee, red wine, fruit juices, colas, berries, and more.
  • Genetics: Heredity plays a significant role in our dental health. Some people are genetically predisposed to thinner or more translucent enamel.
  • Poor oral hygiene: Failing to brush and floss routinely can lead to the accumulation of plaque deposits, which can cause the teeth to become stained and discolored.
  • Medications: Certain prescription drugs, such as the antibiotic tetracycline, can cause intrinsic tooth discoloration.
  • Tobacco products: Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco can result in significant staining, not to mention a wide array of serious health issues.

Generally, teeth whitening can address extrinsic staining. Intrinsic staining may be better treated by porcelain veneers or dental bonding

Before and after teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile by up to eight shades and are safer than generic over-the-counter treatments. 

How Does In-Office Teeth Whitening Work?

Before whitening the teeth, we will thoroughly clean them to remove any food, plaque, and debris. Next, a whitening gel containing a hydrogen peroxide concentrate will be carefully applied to your teeth. We may place a barrier over your lips and gums during this process, so the gel does not irritate your oral tissues. The gel will be left on for approximately 15 minutes before we rinse it off. This same process will be repeated two more times, for a total of 45 minutes. While the molecules in the gel break apart the stains on your teeth, you can simply relax by reading, watching television, or listening to music. Once the treatment is complete, we will apply a desensitizing gel before you leave the office.

When you choose in-office whitening, you can brighten your smile up to eight shades in under one hour.

In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

Today, there are more and more options when it comes to whitening your teeth. While you can buy pastes, rinses, strips, and more at your local pharmacy or grocery store, some of these products can actually harm your enamel. That is why professional teeth whitening at our practice is safer and more effective. Additionally, when you choose in-office whitening, you can brighten your smile up to eight shades in under one hour. Comparatively, at-home treatments can take up to several weeks to achieve the same results. If you do choose an at-home whitening kit, be sure it is a dentist-supervised option. You can ask Dr. Brown for recommendations.

Maintaining Your Results

After whitening your teeth, there are a few steps you can take to keep your smile brilliant. For example, consume dark foods and beverages in moderation. If you cannot go without your daily cup of coffee, try sipping it through a straw to keep the liquid away from the surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to maintain optimal oral hygiene habits, as well. This should include brushing at least two times per day, flossing at least once per day, and using a mouthwash as a supplement.

Learn More about Professional Teeth Whitening

If dental staining or tooth discoloration is making you embarrassed about your smile, a professional teeth whitening treatment could help restore your self-confidence. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (970) 353-6249.

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I am very pleased with the service I received at Dr. Brown's office. All the people there are very nice and easy to work with. I would refer anyone to this office, I am very happy with my dental work done here.

-Barbara S.
Greeley, CO