In our society, we associate sparkling, white teeth with youth, health, and affluence. But tooth shade varies according to genetics, personal habits, and age. With professional teeth whitening, we can safely lighten your tooth shade, giving you a confident smile that exudes charm and success.
Because teeth are porous, they absorb stains over time. You’ve probably seen coffee stain a porcelain cup. A similar process happens with the teeth. Tobacco, dark-colored beverages, and some foods are common culprits of teeth staining. A good rule of thumb: if it can permanently stain your clothes, then it can probably tarnish your teeth.
Other factors include age, medications, and genetics. Over time, tooth enamel wears thin, allowing the yellowish layer of dentin to show through. Certain medications, like tetracycline, can cause intrinsic staining, which means the stains occur inside the teeth. Intrinsic stains typically don’t respond well to bleaching. It’s important to remember that even healthy teeth aren’t stark white. Tooth shade varies from person to person, much in the way skin tone and hair color varies.
Teeth Whitening: Safe and Effective
Professional teeth whitening uses a peroxide-based gel to penetrate the tooth enamel and break apart the staining compounds. In concentrations of less than 15%, peroxide safely whitens teeth without damaging the tooth enamel. Some sensitivity can occur, but most whitening agents contain a high uptake of fluoride to offset this side-effect.
Dr. Philipps offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening. Our in-office method yields results quickly, often lightening teeth eight shades in under an hour. For take-home whitening, we create custom trays that form to the contours of your teeth. Fill the trays with the solution we provide, and wear them as indicated for about two weeks. Refill the trays as needed for future whitening touch ups. Dentist-supervised teeth whitening ensures predictable and satisfactory results.
Since 2000, Midland and Odessa-area families have trusted Dr. Philipps with their smiles. Call today to reserve your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and developing a lasting relationship built on trust and integrity.