What causes teeth to become discolored?
There are many factors in our daily lives that can cause staining or discoloration of our teeth. Some of the most common are drinking coffee, black tea or colas, and smoking. Other causes can be certain medications like tetracycline taken at an early age and even genetics. Every person is unique and some have brighter and whiter enamel than others have.
Are professional whitening treatments better than over-the-counter products?
Yes. Professional tooth whitening, whether done in the office or with take home kits, produces a brighter and whiter smile than over the counter products can. Professional strength whitening gel is stronger and the trays in a take home kit are custom-made to fit your teeth closely. Over-the-counter products do not have custom fitted trays, which can result in uneven and unnatural looking results.
What professional teeth whitening procedures are available?
There are two types of professional tooth whitening options-- in-office and at-home. In-office techniques, take just one treatment to make dramatic changes to your smile and with proper care will last for years.
At-home kits are another alternative. Dr. Evola will create custom-made mouth trays to go with your Opalescence® take home kit. Your trays may be worn at night or for just a few hours during the day. The choice is yours although Dr. Evola will make a recommendation for what he thinks will work best for you. At-home teeth whitening is more gradual than in-office treatment and may take up to two or three weeks before you see the full effect.
How white can my teeth become?
Again, because each person's enamel is unique to them, there's no way to say for certain how white your teeth will become. With Zoom! treatments the expected whitening is 6 to 10 shades lighter than your original color.
How long will my new white smile last?
The answer partially depends on your lifestyle. If you regularly drink coffee, black tea, colas or red wine and you smoke, you'll need another whitening treatment sooner than someone who does none of those things.
To schedule your teeth whitening appointment or your complimentary teeth whitening consultation, call or email the Buffalo office of Forestream Dental today. You'll have a whiter, brighter smile in no time. We look forward to seeing you soon. Serving Amherst, Orchard Park, Buffalo, Lancaster, and Williamsville, New York.