Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth to discolor?

Teeth naturally turn more yellow as you get older. As the outer layer of enamel thins with wear, the darker dentin within shows through. Other reasons your teeth might discolor include:

  • Dietary habits — stain-causing foods include coffee, red wine, berries, and tea
  • Smoking or other tobacco use
  • Specific medications and antibiotics
  • Trauma to a tooth

In-office and at-home whitening brightens many cases of discolored teeth, especially those due to aging, diet, or smoking. Whitening products don’t work on veneers or crowns. Dr. Marino may offer other solutions, such as crowns, for teeth that won’t respond to topical whiteners.

How does whitening work?

Dr. Marino offers whitening products that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which both break down the stains on your teeth. The products fade the yellowing hue and make your teeth appear brighter and whiter. A specialized light activates the whitening product so it works most efficiently and effectively.

You can choose from an in-office procedure, which takes about an hour, or take-home kits that you wear for a designated time each day for several days or a few weeks. Both are effective in lighting up your smile.

What are the advantages of professional whitening?

While stores sell many over-the-counter whitening products, they’re far less concentrated than professional versions. This means you’ll spend more time but get less dramatic results. An in-office procedure is the fastest option, but it is also more expensive than take-home trays.

During an in-office session, however, the technicians can monitor your progress and ensure you don’t have any sensitivity problems in your gums or other soft tissue. At-home whitening offers more gradual results, which many people prefer.

Whitening treatments don’t damage your teeth. They’re exceptionally safe, especially under the supervision of Dr. Marino.

Does teeth whitening have any side effects?

Some people experience increased tooth sensitivity. This occurs when the whitening agent penetrates to the dentin, which contains nerves. Usually, the sensitivity is temporary.

If you desire a whiter smile, call Dr. Marino or book an online appointment to find out your options today.