What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is an increasingly popular cosmetic dental procedure that lightens teeth and removes discoloration, ultimately providing a brighter smile. The process involves the application of robust bleaching agents to transform stained or yellowed surfaces into white enamel. From home kits to professional treatments at dentist offices, people can now have whiter smiles in easier ways than ever before!

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

It’s common to experience yellowing or staining of your teeth over time. As we age, our teeth become discolored and stained due to various causes. Lifestyle choices, such as smoking or drinking coffee, may be contributing factors, while some medications may also affect tooth color. Additionally, genetics play a role in how prone your teeth are to becoming dulled over time. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to combat discoloration and reclaim that pearly white smile!

Types of Teeth Stains: Intrinsic and Extrinsic

It’s essential to find out which type of stain is affecting your teeth before beginning any whitening process. Extrinsic stains appear on the surface and can be caused by certain foods or drinks, such as coffee or tea, while intrinsic stains occur below the enamel due to aging and other factors.

When it comes to achieving brighter, whiter teeth, the type of stain and your individual needs will determine the best solution. Schedule a consultation with our office for personalized advice on what whitening process will work best for you!

The Whitening Process

In-Office Treatments

When you’re ready for a brighter, whiter smile, in-office whitening may be what you need. An experienced dental professional performs this procedure by applying a special gel directly to your teeth. The gel is formulated to make those pearly whites shine like never before. All it takes is 90 minutes in our office, and you’ll walk away with noticeably faster results than other whitening methods!



At-Home Treatments

Tray whitening, paint-on teeth whiteners, strips and special toothpaste, or mouthwash make it easy to get an enviable pearly-white grin in no time. However, without consulting dental professionals beforehand, you could jeopardize your enamel and gum health! For the safest results possible, visit a dentist before embarking on any whitening treatment.

Want to know more about tooth whitening possibilities? Check out our website for an informative breakdown of your options.


Effects of At-Home Treatments

To keep your teeth looking healthy, professional whitening treatment at a dentist’s office is the ideal solution. This way, you can prevent any potential negative impacts on both your smile’s appearance and overall dental health. Negative effects of at-home treatments include increased teeth sensitivity, gum irritation, and rarer instances of tooth enamel damage due to misuse of bleaching agents. Consult an expert beforehand so they can recommend what’s best for your particular circumstances.

Teeth Whitening Aftercare

Take care of your newly brightened grin! Any harsh or acidic foods and drinks should be avoided, as they can cause discoloration. Additionally, stains from smoking, chewing tobacco, or drinking excessive coffee and tea should also be minimized for optimal results.

After taking the necessary steps to whiten your teeth, you can now show off a brilliant smile! Take pride in knowing that proper aftercare has let you achieve maximum radiance.

Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Whitening at Laurel Oaks Dental

Contact us for an appointment by calling us at (601) 649-3335 or filling out the form below. We also sell at home teeth whitening kits starting from $25! Be sure to make an appointment so we can make a recommendation on which one is right for you.