Are you frustrated with the stubborn yellow or brown stains on your teeth? Having discolored teeth can cause you to develop a habit of hiding your teeth when you smile, or even avoiding smiling in front of others altogether. Maybe you’ve tried over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, but they didn’t quite produce the results you wanted. Fortunately, at Encore Dentistry, we offer a way to help you achieve results you can be proud of in an hour or less. To book a consultation or learn more, contact our Arlington office today!
In many cases, tooth discoloration happens naturally as a normal part of the aging process. If you begin to notice brown or yellow stains on your teeth, it could be due to one or more of the following factors:
Sometimes, teeth develop surface stains that can be easily removed by using a whitening toothpaste or attending regular dental cleanings. For tougher, deeper stains, however, professional in-office teeth whitening may be needed to truly brighten your smile.
In-office teeth whitening with our Smyle system is a quick and painless process that can usually be completed in less than an hour. First, Dr. Cabansag will isolate your teeth by placing a protective barrier over your gums, tongue, and other oral tissues. Once we apply the bleaching gel to your teeth, we’ll let it work its magic for a few minutes. The gel contains potent chemicals that break apart the stain molecules in your enamel. When we wipe off the gel, off come the stains as well. This process is done a few times until you’re perfectly satisfied with the results. After we wipe off the bleaching gel one last time, you’ll be able to leave our office with a drastically brighter and more confident smile!
Many patients try store-bought whitening kits at first because they often promise quick results and don’t cost very much at all. However, this is typically not the case. More often than not, over-the-counter teeth whitening products contain abrasive chemicals that erode your enamel, resulting in sensitive teeth. On the other hand, some of the benefits offered by professional teeth whitening treatment include:
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation for in-office teeth whitening from Encore Dentistry, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
If your self-esteem is feeling the weight of tooth discoloration, we can turn back the clock with in-office teeth whitening. After just one appointment, your smile will be noticeably whiter with results that can last with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene. Although you’re excited to reveal younger-looking teeth, we know you have a few apprehensions before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. Don’t worry, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about the procedure to help you make the right decision to reach your aesthetic goals.
Tooth whitening treatments have a bad reputation for causing sensitivity. While this might have been true in the past, whitening agents have undergone several improvements over the years. They are specially formulated to minimize any tooth sensitivity while also conditioning the teeth. If any discomfort occurs, it won’t last more than a couple of days. In the meantime, it’s best to avoid any hot or cold foods and drinks to lessen the likeliness for sensitivity.
We often recommend a cleaning before your whitening treatment. Removing plaque or tartar helps ensure consistent results. We can often conduct your cleaning and your whitening procedure the same day, so you won’t need multiple appointments.
Aging causes your teeth to naturally darken as time passes, so your smile will discolor over time, but you can help protect your investment by preventing new stains from developing. It’s best to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss nightly. In addition, limit your contact with anything that can lead to stains, like coffee, berries, or tobacco. Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. If you notice your teeth losing their brightness, we can schedule you for a maintenance whitening session.
Despite what you might have heard, whitening treatments don’t damage enamel when used under the supervision of a dentist and according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Rest assured, our office chooses the most reputable whitening systems on the market. They are proven safe and effective, so you can resolve stubborn stains without worrying about harming your oral health.
Unfortunately, whitening treatments won’t change the appearance of fillings, veneers, or crowns. If a significant color differential is expected, we may recommend having them replaced to ensure they don’t create an eyesore when you smile.
Although every dental plan differs, most insurance companies don’t cover the cost of whitening treatments, but there may be some exceptions. If applicable, we’ll work on your behalf with your dental insurance to file the necessary claim forms to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We offer the affordable solutions you need for any remaining balance to help you achieve a radiant smile without draining your wallet.