Have you noticed that your teeth aren’t as white and bright as they used to be?
Are you concerned that discolored teeth may be more than a cosmetic issue?
Discolored teeth are one of the most common dental concerns among our patients. Teeth stains can be treated quickly and efficiently with a simple teeth whitening procedure. Other times, discolored teeth are an indication of a more serious health problem, which can be corrected using restorative dental procedures.
How To Whiten Teeth
Teeth whitening can provide patients with a quick and economical “smile makeover” that can sometimes transform their overall appearance, especially for those who have yellowing, stained or discolored teeth from years of smoking or consuming dark foods and beverages.
Columbia SC Dentist, Dr. Tom Trinkner recommends in-office professional teeth whitening, a take-home kit or a combination of both for maximum results. No over-the-counter kits can beat professional in-office teeth whitening.
The in office treatment can be completed in approximately one hour, and patients can return immediately to their daily routine. We use high-quality, professional grade products that are applied using custom fit bleaching trays for an even application and comfort. Patients typically see results that are up to 8 shades lighter after treatment!
The take-home teeth whitening kit includes the same professional quality products as well as a set of customized bleaching trays. For maximum results, patients can receive an in-office treatment and follow up with a take-home kit.
Teeth whitening can last for up to a year with good oral hygiene, including regular preventive care cleanings and exams. For long-lasting results it is important to avoid tobacco use and the frequent consumption of dark foods and beverages- especially coffee and teas.
Professional Teeth Bleaching
Dr. Trinkner uses the safest and most effective teeth bleaching products. The dentist will create a custom fit bleaching tray to protect the gums and whiten teeth evenly. Teeth bleaching gel is ideal for gradually removing mild to moderate tooth discoloration and stains caused by food, beverages, tobacco, medication, and age.
Porcelain Veneers & Dental Crowns
Other treatment options include the use of dental restorations. If your tooth discoloration is more significant, caused by tooth decay, disease, or other conditions, Dr. Trinkner may use porcelain veneers or dental crowns to cover deep stains and restore a bright white appearance.
Prevent Tooth Discoloration
To maintain your white smile, avoid dark foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and soda. If you do enjoy these drinks, use a straw to prevent the liquid from coming in contact with the tooth enamel. Abstain from smoking and tobacco use which are the most common causes of stained and yellow teeth.