Teeth Whitening An Overview
Teeth whitening can be a quick, easy, and economical way to makeover your smile and erase years of tooth stains for a more youthful look. Dr. Kim offers professional teeth whitening that can provide results that are safer, longer-lasting, and more consistent when compared to over the counter options.
Dr. Kim will meet with you first to evaluate your overall dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals before your teeth whitening treatment. This is an important step, providing the opportunity to ensure that your tooth stains or discoloration will respond to a whitening treatment and that your teeth are clean and healthy for the best possible result.
For patients who have stains from medications, medical conditions or genetics that may not respond to a teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Kim may recommend alternatives for whitening your smile that can also provide permanent results. Alternative cosmetic dentistry treatments can include tooth bonding, dental veneers, or dental crowns.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Tooth discoloration is typically caused by the types of foods and beverages we consume on a daily basis. Foods like red berries, tomato-based sauces, and colorful candies can leave behind stains on your smile. Additionally, beverages like soda, tea, or juice can have similar effects. If you smoke, you are also more likely to notice tooth discoloration. Avoiding known stain-causing substances following your teeth-whitening treatment can help your results last longer. However, if you notice that your teeth begin to dull over time, you can always schedule another teeth whitening appointment. Some patients choose to schedule teeth whitening appointments once every six months to maintain the brightest versions of their smiles.