Discoloration on the teeth usually occurs due to several causes, such as:
- Food stains, like coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco
- Aging process
- Genetic conditions, like discoloration of tooth enamel
- Certain medications, like tetracycline
What Is Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Teeth whitening treatment professionally includes the use of bleaching agents such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that are applied to the teeth to eliminate stains and whiten teeth. This can be done from the comfort of the dental office or at home.
Professional Teeth Whitening
At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, our dentists, Dr. Edward Kusek and Dr. Andrew Schuiteman offer teeth whitening treatments to help you achieve brighter teeth. The process involves applying a solution of hydrogen peroxide to your teeth and leaving it for a specific time before rinsing it off. This is repeated till the desired shade of teeth whitening is achieved. Our teeth whitening procedure can improve the color of your teeth up to 8 shades.
Teeth whitening treatment from the dentist is a safe procedure. It can help remove deep-set stains on teeth caused by smoking, drinking red wine, and coffee. Teeth whitening treatment can also address teeth discoloration caused by fluorosis, a condition caused by excessive exposure to fluoride before the age of 8.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening Treatment
There are many benefits of teeth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth. If you have dental discoloration, it can completely change the look of your smile. Stained teeth can make you look older, even when you are not. Stained teeth can also affect how others perceive you. Whiter teeth can work as the fastest antiaging treatment and helps improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
In general, teeth whitening treatments are considered safe. The whitening gel applied to the teeth will not irritate the gums or harm the teeth. However, patients may experience some sensitivity during and after the treatment. This sensitivity is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening treatment from a dentist’s office is much more effective and safer than over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments. Dentists use stronger whitening chemicals and adhere to strict safety and hygiene protocols. This helps protect patients and their teeth from problems that may arise from improperly administered treatment.
At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of services, including cosmetic and implant dentistry in a relaxed dental environment. To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists, call us at 605-371-3443 or visit us at 4921 E. 26th St., Suite 1, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.