Are your teeth not so pearly white? We at Loretto Family Dentistry can help. We perform professional teeth whitening at an affordable rate. We have helped many of our clients restore their smiles over the years, and we will be delighted to help give you your smile back also.
Teeth discolor for many reasons. As dentists, we classify teeth discoloration into two categories; extrinsic discoloration and intrinsic discoloration. Extrinsic discoloration originates from outside the tooth. The leading cause of extrinsic discoloration is smoking. Foods, especially those with dyes, coffee, wine, and tea, also cause staining of the teeth. Intrinsic discoloration originates from the inside of the tooth. The main cause of intrinsic discoloration is aging. As we grow old, the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel, wears out, exposing the inner layers which have a darker shade.
Other causes of intrinsic discoloration include childhood illness, certain types of medication, tooth trauma, and infection. Unlike extrinsic discoloration, intrinsic discoloration requires professional tooth bleaching to restore the original level, or better, of tooth whiteness. Our team of experts will consider the exact cause of the discoloration when considering which treatment to use.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening refers to visiting a dentist for teeth bleaching. Our dentists whiten teeth by either using a bleaching product or non-bleaching products. Our bleaching products contain peroxide, which helps in the removal of both surface and deep staining. These products improve the natural color of teeth and can take it up to 12 shades whiter. Non-bleaching products use chemical or physical processes to remove surface stains. Non-bleaching products are not effective in removing deep stains.
Professional teeth cleaning at our office is called chairside bleaching. It involves more than one visit. At each visit, our dentist will apply a bleaching agent to your teeth. We may use a special light to enhance the results of the bleaching agent. The typical chairside bleaching visit lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.
Who is Eligible?
Just about anybody can qualify for teeth whitening. The process is harmless with no lasting side-effects, other than having pearly white teeth, that is. Some people do find the procedure uncomfortable, so it is not advisable for young children. Even people with severe discoloration can come in for teeth whitening treatment. Even if we cannot restore your teeth to their original whiteness, we can at least help to improve your appearance.
Our team will consult you before approving any treatment to be sure that the procedure is right for you. We will also explain the procedure to you and everything that is involved. You are also free to ask any questions that you might have, and we will be more than happy to ask them for you.
If you want to get your teeth whitened, then you are more than welcome to drop by any time. To book an appointment, please call us, Loretto Family Dentistry at (940) 287-3535 today. We can’t wait to hear from you so we can help you with any dental issues you might have.
Love everyone I've encountered here! I was told about Dr. Mackie a few months ago and just wish I'd known about her sooner! She is very thorough and kind. It's a bit of a drive for me, but I don't mind and actually look forward to my visits!