As we age, it is very common to experience tooth discoloration. For this reason, teeth whitening is a popular procedure at our Rexburg, ID, dental practice. Teeth that are stained or discolored can detract from the natural beauty of your smile. If you are dissatisfied with the color of your teeth, a professional teeth whitening treatment can help return the natural brilliance to your teeth and smile.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Staining can be brought on by many factors, though the most common is foods and beverages such as coffee, wine, and tea. Food and beverage staining is the most treatable with teeth whitening. Patients report experiencing more staining as they age, which is often the cumulative effect of consuming staining foods over a period time.
At Madison Park Dental Center, we offer two options of teeth whitening: in-office and take-home applications of Opalescence® Boost Whitening.
Other less common causes of tooth discoloration include early-life exposure to certain antibiotics, certain genetic conditions, and over-exposure to fluoride. These causes tend to not respond as well to teeth whitening treatments. In general, yellow and brown stains respond better than gray or blue stains.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
We offer two teeth whitening options: in-office and take-home applications of Opalescence® Boost Whitening. Both treatment types employ varying levels of hydrogen peroxide to remove the stains from teeth while protecting your enamel.
During your teeth whitening consultation, our expert dental team will talk to you about which option will be a better fit. For patients who want to see immediate results and do not want to use multiple trays over a period of days, the in-office option may be best.
The in-office version of the Opalescence® system is more expensive than the take-home system, but since it uses a different formulation from the take-home version, you will see results right away. If you opt for the take-home version, we will prepare custom trays for you to wear overnight for a period of days, using a special formulation of whitening agents.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
Most healthy adults are likely candidates for teeth whitening, but there are some exceptions. Women who are pregnant should not undergo teeth whitening. And while patients who have gum disease, cavities, or worn enamel can sometimes undergo teeth whitening, it is generally not advisable, as teeth whitening can cause tooth sensitivity and minor enamel wear.
During your personal consultation at Madison Park Dental Center, we will conduct a thorough dental examination, discuss your candidacy for treatment, as well as review whether in-office or at-home treatment will work best for your goals, budget, and schedule.
Brighten Your Smile Today
If your stained or discolored teeth are detracting from the natural beauty of your smile, schedule your consultation today to find out if you are a candidate for teeth whitening. As one of many cosmetic dentistry treatments, teeth whitening is a simple, common procedure that can help you regain your confidence, improve your quality of life, and lead to many more smiles.