Tooth discoloration can be caused by a number of factors, including age, tobacco use, certain medications, and stains caused by certain foods and drinks. If you suffer from yellowing or other visible tooth discolorations, our Dentist Hampton, VA may recommend professional whitening to keep your smile bright and beautiful.
Professional Teeth Whitening
For the fastest and most effective results, professional whitening is the way to go. In-office treatments use powerful solutions that can brighten your smile by several shades in just one appointment. Many patients can get the results they want with just one treatment, though follow-ups may be performed for some patients to achieve their desired shade of white.
In-office teeth whitening uses a special solution to help remove most external stains on your teeth. Our dentist will apply the solution to your teeth and gums and then use a light or laser to activate it and whiten your smile.
Take-Home Whitening Kits
At-home whitening kits are also provided by our dentist and can be a great option if you aren’t in a rush to see results or don’t want to bother with an in-office procedure. Treatment times vary but you will typically see results within two weeks with at-home whitening. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some stains just won’t respond to bleaching, so it’s best to speak with our dentist to see what treatment options would be best for you.
In between treatments, avoid foods and drinks that could stain your teeth, including coffee, wine, tea, fruit juices, candy, and other sugary snacks. These can all contribute to teeth staining and yellowing and should be limited to keep your smile looking bright for years to come!
Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are those you can buy from the store or pharmacy without a prescription. These products contain a lower concentration of bleach, so they may take several weeks to show results. Additionally, they may cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation due to the harsh ingredients used they contain. These whitening treatments typically come in the form of strips, gels, pens, toothpaste, and more.
Oral Hygiene at Home
Brushing and flossing are fundamental habits for maintaining optimal oral health and keeping your teeth looking white. But did you know that there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth?
Brushing too hard can cause damage to your enamel and wear down your teeth over time. But if you brush too softly, you can miss a lot of the plaque-removing action of your toothbrush. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day using a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
To find out more about the dental services offered we offer at Cheng Dental, call (757) 838-9140 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 21 Towne Centre Way, Hampton, VA 23666.