Your smile is an integral part of your appearance. However, when your bright smile starts to fade, it can hurt your appearance and confidence. The dental team at South Knox Dental of Knoxville, Tennessee, has helped many patients brighten their smiles with professional whitening service. Our team understands that patients have questions about the color of their teeth and the process to improve the brightness of their smile. Our dentist listens to each patient and helps them make the right decision to enhance their sparkle and confidence.
Teeth can appear dark, stained, or discolored for many reasons. In some cases, it can be caused by frequently drinking dark beverages like coffee, iced tea, or wine. These items attach dark fragments to the enamel of the teeth, which can cause staining over time. Additional culprits of teeth staining include smoking cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco. Further, a patient’s age, family genes, and medication can cause teeth discoloration.
You’ve likely noticed that the toothpaste aisle of your local drugstore has many boxes of strips, gels, and toothpaste that claim to whiten your teeth. Additionally, a quick internet search will find many systems or processes that promise to deliver dramatic results in a short period.
Unfortunately, drugstore products often leave patients disappointed with the results, and systems that work in hours can leave patients experiencing tooth pain as a result. By working with our dental professionals, patients can use professional-grade products under the guidance of a dental professional to achieve the smile they want and deserve safely.
Our team uses a professional-grade whitening gel and custom fit trays to help whiten teeth. First, patients are fitted for the tray to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. At home, patients will fill the trays with the whitening gel and wear them every day for a predetermined amount of time. While wearing the trays, patients can read, do household chores, work, or perform light exercise. Once the desired level of whiteness has been received, patients can stop wearing the trays each day. The trays and whitening gel can be saved for later when patients feel their teeth need a little boost.
While the trays and whitening gel are safe, it’s easier to prevent discoloration than to erase it once it occurs. To protect your teeth and prevent future issues, our dental professionals offer these suggestions: