Do I Need Professional Teeth Whitening?

If you have embarrassing yellow or brown stains on your teeth, then you probably wish you had a brighter smile. Fortunately, in order to remove teeth stains we can recommend a cosmetic solution. Do you need professional teeth whitening?

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening

Question: What causes teeth stains to form?

Answer: Multiple factors can lead to dental discoloration. Foods high in sugar can promote plaque buildup, as will poor oral hygiene, making the appearance of stains more likely. Drinks with dark pigments, such as coffee, soda, red wine, fruit juice, and tea, can stain as well. Smoking and tobacco, as well as fluorosis, tetracycline use, and injury to the teeth can cause discoloration. We will assess the cause and severity before we recommend a whitening solution.

Question: How does our at-home system work?

Answer: After an initial office treatment, we will send you home with a set of trays and a bleaching gel. You will fill the trays with gel and wear them for between one and two hours a day, over the course of one to two weeks. If worn as the dentist recommends, you could see your smile brightened by multiple shades.

Question: What steps can we take to keep our smiles bright?

Answer: Drink more water, eat healthier, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss every night. Seeing your dentist every six months for a cleaning can also help!

Question: What if I have permanent discoloration?

Answer: Permanent stains, also known as intrinsic discoloration, forms below the tooth enamel and can be difficult to remove with traditional teeth whitening. Injury to the teeth, fluorosis, and tetracycline use at a young age can cause these stains. Fortunately, we can mask the discoloration with bonding, veneers, or a combination of the two.

Do You Want a Brighter Smile?

Dr. Calcagno and our team can help patients remove discoloration and enjoy a brighter smile. We can provide care for patients of all ages, so bring your family! For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.