If you want a dazzling, head-turning smile, don’t feel alone, Americans spend about 1.7 billion dollars a year on services and products to brighten their smiles. There is a flood of over the counter products available, kits, strips, toothpastes, pens, and even mouthwash. However, due to safety concerns, the whitening products available to the public contain significantly lower concentrations of the bleaching agents, usually resulting in disappointed users. A professional teeth whitening procedure provides the effectiveness of stronger ingredients and the safety of oversight by a dentist. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure available in Phoenix, AZ and around the world.
Tooth discoloration will vary in severity, cause, appearance, and persistence, and it can be internal (intrinsic) or external (extrinsic). A dental professional can understand the causes and types of stains on your teeth to determine whether teeth whitening with help you reach your goals.
Extrinsic stains, the most common type of discoloration, are caused by habits such as tobacco use and dietary habits. Richly colored beverages such as coffee, tea, fruit juice, and red wine, foods such as berries, carrots, oranges and pasta sauce, as well as the artificial dyes in our food and drinks all contribute to extrinsic stains. These types of stains usually respond to teeth whitening treatments.
Intrinsic stains are typically caused by changes in the structure of the dentin or enamel while the tooth is developing, aging, or trauma to the tooth. This type of discoloration does not respond as well to tooth whitening. In cases such as these, Dr. Koppikar may recommend porcelain veneers to achieve a dazzling smile.
Dr. Sameet Koppikar offers two options for patients who are good candidates for teeth whitening treatments. In-office whitening is completed in a single appointment, requiring just slightly more than an hour. This option is terrific for patients who need results fast. He also offers at-home whitening kits, which can achieve the same results in a week or two. Many patients love the versatility and convenience of whitening at home. With either option, the results can be maintained with periodic touch-ups.
If you want a bright smile that turns heads and warms hearts in Phoenix, AZ, Call Biltmore Dental Center at (602) 954-8200 and schedule an appointment today.