If you are meticulous about oral hygiene it can be distressing to notice that your teeth are not as white as you’d like them to be. This is the result of staining over time, often from the use of tobacco and foods and beverages that tend to stain the teeth. At Phillip Fletcher DDS, we offer professional teeth whitening in Palo Alto to bring out the natural beauty of your smile.
Give us a call today at (650) 456-7872 to learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening.
The Fastest Way to Enhance Your Smile
Teeth whitening is the fastest and most cost-effective way to enhance your smile. If stains and discoloration are causing you to hide your smile, professional teeth whitening may provide the perfect solution for enhancing your appearance and oral health.
Professional teeth whitening offers benefits that include:
- A more attractive smile
- Improved self-esteem
- Better oral health
- A more youthful appearance
- Fast and reliable results
- Customized treatment
Teeth whitening won’t work for every cause of discoloration. For example, internal staining that is present under the enamel may not be removed with teeth whitening. These stains may be caused by tooth decay, injury, certain medications, and other damage. Dental restorations, such as crowns or bridges, do not respond to whitening treatment.
Some advantages of a professional teeth whitening, as opposed to over-the-counter products, include:
- Stronger results
- Treatments are customized
- Less sensitivity and irritation
We Make Your Teeth Whiter in an Hour
Professional in-office teeth whitening is the safest and most effective method for whitening your teeth. We offer teeth whitening in Palo Alto to remove stains from your teeth in as little as an hour. We use high quality, professional lightening methods that are effective for whitening your teeth as much as eight to ten shades in one visit. The entire procedure can be completed in about an hour.
A whitening gel is applied to the surface of the teeth where whitening is desired. The gel contains a higher level of whitening agent than products that are sold over-the-counter. The whitening gel is activated using a special light to dissolve the stains and remove the discoloration. The products we use are safe for your teeth and gums.
Custom At Home Whitening Solutions
We offer custom solutions for teeth whitening in Palo Alto to provide the right treatment for every patient. After an examination, we can explain your options for whitening your teeth in our office or at home with custom whitening trays. Our goal is to provide the highest level of care and professional service to each patient, so we explain your options and let you make the decision without any pressure.
What Causes Teeth Discoloration & Stains?
In addition to helping you brighten your smile and make it pearly-white once again, your dentist will also be able to discuss possible reasons why your teeth are stained or discolored. These often depend on your lifestyle habits and overall health.
Some of the most common causes of teeth discoloration and stains include:
- Food and drinks: First, it's best if you avoid any dark sodas, as they are common culprits of teeth stains. Additionally, many of our favorite drinks, such as coffee, tea, and wine can also cause teeth stains. In addition to your drinks, it's important to think about what your eating. A few starchy foods can contribute to teeth discoloration, including pasta and potatoes. Although fruit is healthy to eat for other parts of your body, it's not great for your teeth. This is because fruit contains citric acid, which can lead to enamel corrosion.
- Tobacco usage: In addition to causing a number of oral health conditions, chewing or smoking tobacco is a major contributor to stained teeth.
- Inadequate oral care: Failure to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis will cause food stains and plaque to accumulate. Additionally, failure to get routine dental cleanings will also contribute to plaque build up that leads to tooth discoloration.
- Dental health diseases: There are certain dental health diseases that can cause tooth discoloration. These include diseases that prohibit normal development of dentin (or the yellow porous core beneath the white enamel exterior) and enamel. Additionally, there are some infections a pregnant mother can contract that will cause the baby's enamel development to be stunted, which causes tooth discoloration.
- Medical treatments and medications: If you're currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, it can lead to teeth discoloration. Additionally, certain medications given to children under eight can cause their developing teeth to become discolored. If you're on any antihistamines (such as Benadryl), medications to treat hypertension, or any antipsychotic medication, it can lead to discoloration of the teeth.
- Aging: As you grow older, your tooth dentin (the yellow porous core) grows and your enamel exterior wears away, which make your teeth appear darker and discolored.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
It is important to note that after professional teeth whitening, it is possible for the teeth to become stained again. While it is possible for a professional teeth whitening to last up to 3 years, there are several steps that should be taken to keep your smile healthy and bright:
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Limit your intake of foods that could potentially stain your teeth, such as coffee
- Take steps to strengthen your enamel
- Stay away from tobacco products
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