Not only is a teeth-whitening procedure one of the safest, most effective ways to brighten your smile, is it also one of the most economical. As we age, our teeth are exposed to foods and drinks that stain the teeth, and even though they may be perfectly healthy, they certainly aren’t as appealing as they could be, and they rarely stay white for as long as we’d like.
Our dental care providers understand the affect that the yellowing or darkening of your teeth can have on your confidence. We are committed to caring for every aspect of your oral health, including those that affect your self-esteem.
Types of Tooth Stains
Tooth stains fall into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are the yellow and brown stains that occur on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains occur inside your teeth, making them appear gray or blue. Some surface stains can be removed with whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits. However, these approaches are limited and can be painful or can cause tooth and gum sensitivities. Professional-grade products are needed to remove deeper extrinsic and intrinsic stains and to treat individuals with sensitive teeth and gums.
Professional Teeth-Whitening Options
Whitening your teeth is one of the fastest ways to reduce the appearance of aging and restore confidence, and the results can be quite dramatic. We have the ability to brighten your teeth three to eight shades in a short amount of time, while protecting your sensitive gum and root areas.
Our at-home whitening solutions are the perfect antidote to stains caused by tea, coffee, berries, candies, red wine, and other enamel-darkening drinks.
- At-home teeth bleaching: Your Puyallup cosmetic dentist will provide you with a teeth-bleaching gel and a mouthguard to put it in that has been customized to your bite. A will then assign a teeth-bleaching regimen will be assigned for you to follow. The process takes place within the comfort and convenience of your own home. It typically takes 10 to 14 days to achieve the desired results with this method.
Our Whitening System
From Ultradent, Opalescence offers carbamide peroxide gels in a range of concentrations for your specific needs. Opalescence-35 is the strongest formulation considered safe for dentist advised teeth whitening at home.
Opalescence lightens internal discoloration caused by medication or tooth trauma to whiten natural teeth, while fillings and bonding materials remain unaffected. Superficial stains from foods, drinks and smoking are also treated.