Teeth WhiteningAn Overview
If you have stained or discolored teeth, Dr. David Rever, a top cosmetic dentist in the Silver Spring area, can develop a plan to give you a brighter, whiter smile. We offer a variety of treatments, including in-office whitening and customized take-home whitening kits.
What Causes Teeth Stains?
Do you have yellow or brown discoloration? What causes teeth stains to form in the first place? A variety of factors can lead to the onset of embarrassing discoloration. Fortunately, there are ways of removing stains, as well as preventive options for reducing their severity. With the right steps, you can maintain a brighter and more attractive smile.
These stains form on the surface of the teeth. They can be caused by a variety of different factors, such as:
- Drinks with dark pigments (soda, tea, red wine, coffee)
- Food with staining agents (such as berries)
- Sugary foods and drinks
Typically, professional teeth whitening can easily remove surface stains from the teeth. In addition, these are the most common and the easiest to help prevent.
While extrinsic discoloration forms on the surface of the teeth, intrinsic stains form bellow the tooth enamel, in the dentin. They can be caused by injury to the tooth, fluorosis, or the use of certain medications, such as tetracycline. They are more difficult for teeth whitening to remove and in some cases the doctor may suggest masking them with either cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers.
Teeth whitening is an easy and cost-effective way to improve your smile. Our high-quality professional whitening systems can give you long lasting results in a short amount of time. In-office teeth whitening can be completed in about an hour. Before you decide which method you would prefer, Dr. Rever will give you and oral exam to determine your overall dental condition.