One of the best cosmetic dentistry solutions for improving a smile that has yellowed in color, teeth whitening makes your teeth look healthy and youthful. If you feel uncomfortable smiling in public or are bothered by how your teeth look in pictures and videos, teeth whitening may be the solution for you.
The Raytown dental practice of Robert M. Davis DDS & Associates has a variety of teeth whitening procedures that can help your smile. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis, call us today at our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or at our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110.
Causes of Tooth Stains
The top two layers of your teeth, called the dentin and enamel layers, are what give your teeth their color. Enamel is white, but with age and erosion from plaque, it can gradually wear away, leaving the yellowish dentin layer beneath. Enamel can also collect stains from dark and acidic materials that you put into your mouth on a regular basis.
Leading causes of staining on your teeth include:
- Tobacco products
- Red wine
- Dark berries
- Soft drinks
- Other highly acidic foods and drinks
- Teeth grinding
- Fluoride over-consumption
- Dental trauma that strips enamel off your teeth
Some of these causes cannot be fixed by whitening. You need enamel in order for teeth whitening to work, and if yours has worn away due to acidic components, age, or dental trauma, you may instead find that porcelain veneers are the ideal whitening solution for you. A quick dental exam from Dr. Davis should reveal which solution will work best.
The Teeth Whitening Process
Every professional teeth whitening procedure uses the same basic process: your dentist applies hydrogen peroxide to your teeth. The stronger the concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the more noticeable the results will be. Dr. Davis offers in-office whitening treatments along with take-home trays that are customized to fit on your teeth overnight.
In addition to giving you the benefit of a cleaner and more healthy-looking smile, teeth whitening procedures can give you a greater incentive to take care of your teeth. By reducing your consumption of tobacco products and acidic drinks like wine or coffee, you can prevent stains from returning in the near future. And by brushing and flossing daily, along with visiting your dentist, you can maintain the dental health that makes your teeth healthy as well as sparkling white.
Safe Whitening from a Professional Dentist
At Robert M. Davis DDS & Associates, we have the teeth whitening options that let us find the best possible procedure for you. We will talk to you about your goals for the procedure, and work together to get the results you want. Dr. Davis serves patients in Raytown, Pleasant Hill, and Sedalia, and you can set up an appointment with him call our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110.