If deep stains are detracting from your smile, teeth whitening may be able to eliminate them. These treatments use bleaching agents that go beneath the enamel’s surface to remove any areas of discoloration.
Stains of many types and varying degrees of severity can respond to such whitening treatments, and you can ask your dentist what results can be expected in your specific case. Stains that do not respond to whitening may need to be treated with a restoration of some sort, such as a porcelain veneer.
Speaking of your dentist, the tooth whitening treatments available from dentists tend to be more effective than over-the-counter options. They can work faster, too. When in-office whitening treatments are available, patients can leave the dental office with a smile that is up to 10 shades whiter in as little as an hour. This is a good option for patients who want to improve their smiles but have a very limited timeframe in which they need to do so (such as before a high school reunion or wedding).
With in-office treatments, the bleaching gel is activated by special lasers that help the bleaching to take place more quickly.
Alternatively, patients can also opt for in-home systems that they can use at their convenience. Dentists design custom-fitted trays for these patients, and the patients put the bleaching gel into them and wear them according to the schedule provided to them.
Results aren’t visible until at least a few days into the at-home whitening treatments, but these options do tend to be more affordable than the in-office treatments. They can be a good choice for patients on a budget.
Some people do notice that their teeth become more sensitive after they whiten their teeth, so if you become aware of this symptom, bring it to your dentist’s attention so that he or she can advise you on how to reduce the sensitivity.
Whitening treatments can dramatically enhance your smile with minimal effort on your part. We encourage patients who want to eliminate tough stains on their teeth to contact the office of Drs. Coakley & Trainor to learn more about the available treatments. Call 781-935-8810 today to schedule your visit.