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Teeth whitening is a fast and effective way to remove years of stains and quickly improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Our team at Dental One Associates of Springfield offers two easy ways to brighten your smile. One you can do right in our office and it takes about 40 minutes. The other is a take-home teeth whitening product that you wear for about 20 minutes a day for ten days to achieve beautiful results. Either one can restore the radiance of your natural smile.
Whiten Your Teeth with Opalescence Boost®
Our team is proud to offer Opalescence Boost during your dental visit. It’s designed to give you a noticeably whiter smile quickly and painlessly. The whitening gel not only includes professional-strength hydrogen peroxide, but also fluoride and potassium nitrate, which promote the health of the tooth enamel during the whitening process. These ingredients help reduce cavities, minimize tooth sensitivity, and increase enamel hardness, according to recent research.
Call us at (571) 364-7212 to schedule an appointment for Opalescence Boost and see the difference yourself. We recommend having it applied after a teeth cleaning to optimize your results.
Whiten Your Teeth at Home with Opalescence Go®
We also offer take-home teeth whitening kits. Opalescence Go is short for on-the-go. As the name implies, it’s a quick and convenient way to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your own home.
Unlike other types of professional-strength teeth whitening, you don’t need to have impressions made or have to wait for custom trays to be created. Instead, Opalescence Go is ready to use right out of the package. It contains a 10-day supply of pre-filled whitening trays. You simply place a set in your mouth for about 20 minutes each day. The whitening material is safe and effective, and doesn’t bubble or froth.
It’s an easy way to get a whiter, brighter smile in less than two weeks.
What Causes Tooth Stains?
To understand what causes tooth stains, it helps to understand the different parts of your teeth. The white part of the tooth that you can see is called the enamel, and the middle layer is called the dentin. The color of your teeth is created by the reflection of light off the enamel and the color of the dentin underneath.
Each person’s smile is unique. Heredity and genes determine the thickness and smoothness of the enamel of your teeth. If the enamel is thin, it allows the color of the dentin under the enamel to show through more. As we get older, the enamel tends to thin out, and the dentin tends to get darker.
Plus, tooth enamel is porous instead of solid. That allows a variety of food, beverages, and other materials to soak into the enamel and affect its color.
The most common reasons for tooth stains are:
- Tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco
- Drinking dark-colored beverages such as red wine, soda, coffee, and tea
- Inefficient brushing and flossing
- Getting older
- Certain medications
Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and drinking water will all help wash away stain-causing foods and beverages.
Why Should I Whiten My Teeth Before Getting Crowns or Bridges?
If you are getting a crown made, the dentist will match the color of the artificial tooth to your natural teeth. That’s why it’s recommended you whiten your natural teeth first.
Teeth whitening products do not work on ceramic or porcelain crowns, bridges, dentures, or veneers. The shade of the artificial tooth will remain the same. If the artificial tooth has been color-matched to the non-whitened natural teeth, then it will look darker than the rest of your teeth after you get the natural teeth whitened.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
Teeth whitening is a fast, effective and affordable way to improve your smile. Call Dental One Associates of Springfield today at (571) 364-7212 to schedule a time for you to come in to get your teeth whitened.