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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Services from Gilbert Dental Group

Is reaching for a cup of coffee the first thing you do in the morning? Do you love a cup of tea in the afternoon or a glass of red wine with dinner? These are just a few of the habits that may be great for your day but not so wonderful for your teeth. Many foods and beverage leave traces behind on your teeth, and over time, these traces can build up into stains that make your smile look dull and yellowed. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your favorite treats to keep your teeth looking their best. At Gilbert Dental Group, our teeth whitening services can fight back against stains and give you back your bright smile.

This video shows you how the appearance of your teeth can be improved using custom-made trays and whitening gel applied by your doctor.

How Teeth Whitening Works

At Gilbert Dental Group, there are two kinds of teeth whitening available: in-office and at-home treatments. In-office treatment typically provides results a bit faster, but at-home bleaching systems are also effective. With an at-home system, you will receive trays that fit over your teeth that you will fill with a bleaching solution and wear according to the instructions provided by your dentist. Both types of teeth whitening are completely noninvasive and painless, and they are both remarkably effective at removing most stains so your teeth look white again. They are also both more effective than teeth whitening strips and other over-the-counter remedies, which are also more likely to cause negative side effects, like sensitivity and gum irritation.

Common Causes of Teeth Staining

Food and drinks are responsible for the majority of stains. Any food or drink that is dark in color, from coffee, tea, and wine to blueberries, tomatoes, and raspberries, can cause discoloration to build up on your teeth over time. Smoking, in addition to being bad for your health, can also cause significant teeth staining. In some cases, medications, such as tetracyclines, can cause teeth to become yellow. If you think your medication is related, discuss your best options for teeth whitening with your dentist. This kind of staining does not always respond to standard whitening procedures and may be better addressed with other cosmetic treatments, like veneers.

Maintaining Your Whiter Smile

After teeth whitening, you will likely be motivated to keep your smile looking great. Although whitening can’t stop stains from forming again in the future, sticking to a conscientious oral hygiene routine will help to preserve your brighter smile. Some people opt to slow the speed at which stains accumulate by drinking beverages that stain with a straw and reducing their consumption. Swishing your mouth with water after eating or drinking a common staining culprit will also help. Quitting smoking can have a tremendous impact on keeping your smile looking its best, plus you’ll reap all of the additional health benefits of giving up the habit.

Take the First Step to a Brighter Smile with Teeth Whitening

Let the team at Gilbert Dental Group help you feel your best about your smile with teeth whitening in Greenville, SC. Schedule your appointment today