Tooth discoloration may be caused by a variety of factors. Poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, certain foods and beverages, and medications are the most common culprits. Patients who do not brush and floss consistently twice a day are more prone to bacteria buildup and staining. Tobacco products also easily turn the tooth enamel yellow over time. Foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, tomatoes, and berries contain chromogens, pigments that attach to and stain teeth.
Antihistamines, antipsychotics, and other types of medications may have tooth discoloration as a common side effect.
Dr. Stefan Speck is here to help patients brighten and whiten their smiles with his cosmetic whitening treatments. He offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatment at Oxford Family Dentistry in Oxford, PA. If you have tougher stains, he can provide additional cosmetic dental treatments to help.
In-Office and Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Dr. Speck can coordinate teeth whitening treatment for you in his Oxford dental office. He can also provide his patients with customized take-home whitening kits.
Patients who want immediate results can benefit from in-office teeth whitening. To begin this whitening treatment, Dr. Speck applies a barrier on the gums to minimize gum sensitivity. This barrier also ensures that the whitening solution is concentrated on the teeth. Then, Dr. Speck applies whitening gel to the teeth, where it is left for several minutes before it is removed. Dr. Speck repeats this process until the enamel matches the patient’s desired shade.
In-office teeth whitening treatment can also be beneficial for patients who are attending special events and want to look their best.
Patients can also whiten their smiles at home with take-home whitening kits. However, patients will need to visit Dr. Speck’s office for dental impressions. These impressions are used to create custom-made teeth whitening trays. At home, patients apply the whitening gel to the trays and wear them for a set amount of time. Take-home teeth whitening is a great option for patients with tooth sensitivity.
Other Cosmetic Whitening Options
If patients have intrinsic or deep tooth stains they may benefit from dental veneers or tooth bonding. Intrinsic tooth stains are often caused by tooth wear, which shows the dark underlayer beneath the tooth enamel. This underlayer, called dentin, can make the teeth appear darker or discolored. Dental veneers are porcelain ceramic shells that are bonded to the front of teeth. Tooth bonding treatment uses a malleable biocompatible material that is sculpted onto the tooth enamel.
Both veneers and dental bonding can be color-matched to match the patient’s desired shade. These long-lasting cosmetic restorations may also be used to address dental injuries or large gaps between teeth.
Brighten Your Smile Today
Do you want to enhance the look of your smile? Ask us about our cosmetic teeth whitening treatments. Contact Oxford Family Dentistry by calling 610.753.4506 today. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Speck on our website. Please let Dr. Speck or a member of his dental team know if you have any questions about your whitening treatment options.