Want a brighter and healthier smile? Try teeth whitening treatment in our Bladenboro, NC dental office. Stains and tooth discoloration can be caused by smoking and tobacco use, certain foods and beverages, and even age. Nicotine found in cigarettes and tobacco stains and yellows the teeth over time. Foods and beverages like tea, coffee, wine, tomato sauce, and berries contain chromogens. Chromogens are pigments that adhere to the tooth enamel and cause stains. As we age, our tooth enamel can wear down, showing the dentin underneath. Dentin is a dark underlayer that makes the teeth look discolored.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can brighten the tooth enamel by multiple shades in just one office visit. Dr. Shannon French will help you determine if in-office or take-home whitening treatment is right for you. Some patients want immediate results. Others may be more sensitive to bleaching agents and require gradual treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Tooth Whitening?
If you have healthy teeth and healthy gums but have discolored teeth, whitening treatment is a good option. Pregnant patients or those who are sensitive to whitening agents may not be good candidates for professional whitening. Schedule a consultation with Dr. French and she will find the best whitening option for you. Dr. French examines the gum and tooth structures to see if there are any underlying problems such as gum disease or dental infections.
Even if you have deep stains that are resistant to teeth whitening treatment, our office can help brighten your smile. Porcelain veneers and tooth bonding treatment cover the tooth enamel and can change the color of the teeth. Veneers are shells of porcelain ceramic that adhere to the front of teeth. Dental bonding uses a biocompatible material that is molded onto the enamel.
Teeth Whitening Treatment
Teeth whitening treatment starts with Dr. French or a member of her team cleaning and polishing the teeth. This is done to ensure that the whitening treatment penetrates the enamel. Dr. French then protects the gums with a barrier for minimal sensitivity. She applies a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. Once activated, the agent is left on the teeth for several minutes, then washed off. This process is then repeated several times until we reach the desired results. We can also provide take-home whitening for gradual yet effective treatment.
It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following your whitening treatment. Avoid cold or hot beverages as this can exacerbate sensitivity. For at least 24 hours after your treatment, avoid highly pigmented beverages like tea, coffee, and wine. These can stain your enamel and erase your results.
Contact Our Dental Office
Schedule a dental consultation in our Bladenboro dental office if you want to learn more about whitening treatment. You can also call us at 910-469-4592. At Bladenboro Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we see patients from Clarkton, Bladenboro, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. Please let our team know if you have any remaining questions or concerns about your teeth whitening options.