Our teeth whitening system at Smiles of West Point is a great place to start improving your smile!
Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, there is still a chance you may develop yellowing and staining. Certain foods and drinks as well as lifestyle habits such as smoking and deterioration of enamel can cause this discoloration. If you are unhappy with your smile, teeth whitening at Smiles of West Point may be a great option to brighten your smile without enduring lengthy or invasive treatments.
A good candidate for teeth whitening in West Point will have yellow or otherwise stained teeth with healthy enamel. Brown stains are more difficult to remove than yellow stains and gray stains are typically caused by internal decay or aging, which means other treatment will be needed in order to correct this issue.
If you are lacking blood flow or nutrients in your tooth or teeth, this may cause a gray appearance. In this case, whitening may not work. Other options for correcting this issue and restoring brightness would be veneers, crowns, or bonding.
If you have tried at-home whitening products in the past and experience sensitivity, you may still be a candidate for teeth whitening in our office. Please give us a call for a consultation.
The teeth whitening treatments that we offer in our West Point dental office are safer than over-the-counter products. Our effective solution causes minimal sensitivity in most patients. We will also perform an evaluation of your tooth and gum health to ensure that you can handle the procedure.
Each of our patients is unique, even when it comes to teeth whitening. Follow-up treatments from your dentist may be necessary to achieve your desired results. These results may last anywhere from several months to several years. In some patients, touch-ups are done once or twice a year to maintain brightness.
Maintaining good dental hygiene habits will help the whitening treatment last as long as possible. Smoking, certain medications and some foods and beverages can all contribute to staining.
You don’t have to avoid your favorite foods forever. However, you shouldn’t eat the following foods for a few days after getting this procedure:
• Coffee and tea
• Acidic foods and beverages
• Soft drinks
If you do eat these foods, follow up with plenty of water to remove the substances that cause staining.
Whitening can cause tooth sensitivity for a few days after treatment. Hot and cold food and beverages may be uncomfortable during this time period. However, this sensitivity should decrease and eventually go away over time.
Regardless of whether you have had a whitening treatment done in West Point, you should brush your teeth two - three times a day using a soft toothbrush and a gentle touch. You should floss at least once daily.
In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also visit the dentist every six months to ensure that your dental hygiene habits are working effectively. At these appointments, we can monitor the brightness of your teeth and make suggestions on how to maintain a beautiful smile.