Stains on our teeth could form due to the foods and drinks we eat, our oral hygiene habits, or even as a result of an injury to your smile. But how do we remove stains and offer our patients a brighter smile? In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists will explain how we brighten smiles by several shades and help you enjoy a stunning smile once again.
An In-Office Whitening
First, let’s talk about our in-office treatment. This one is popular because results are possible in as little as one to two hours. We start by placing a protective covering over the lips and gums, and then applying a powerful bleaching gel to the teeth. A special light is then used to activate the bleaching ingredients, removing discolorations and offering a brighter smile. For some, teeth could be brightened by up to six shades!
Removing Discoloration from Home
We also have an option you can use for home. Instead of gel and light, we will take detailed impressions of your smile and use them to create a set of plastic trays. We then send you home with these trays and a powerful bleaching gel. The treatment is designed to limit tooth sensitivity and also address more severe discoloration. At home, you will wear the gel-filled trays for about 30 to 45 minutes on average, over the course of one to two weeks. The trays help prevent saliva from diluting the gel, and ensure even results across your smile. You enjoy teeth brightened by several shades, and are free to keep the trays and leftover gel for any touch ups needed down the road.
Masking Serious Discoloration
While the procedures above mainly dal with surface stains, also known extrinsic discoloration, we have an option to address intrinsic stains, the ones that form underneath the enamel and that may be difficult to remove with traditional treatments. Instead, we could mask them with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or a combination of these two. You then enjoy instantly brighter smile, and these options also address esthetic issues with the shape of the teeth as well. If you have any questions about our approach to professional teeth whitening, or if you would like to see if any of these esthetic treatments are right for your smile, the contact our team today. We’re ready to help you contain a stunning new smile in 2021!
Do You Want to Try Teeth Whitening?
Our team knows the value of a brighter smile, which is why we offer an array of cosmetic treatment options. Be sure to contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312. We want to help you enjoy a noticeably brighter smile with teeth whitening, bonding, or even custom porcelain veneers.