Northern Kentucky Dental offers a wide range of teeth whitening services and products to help transform your stained teeth! We offer both in-office and take home teeth whitening services and products.
Teeth Whitening Options
In-office whitening is performed by a professional over a period of four fifteen-minute intervals. The procedure will begin as your teeth are isolated with a rubber dam to ensure the protection of your gums. Then, a high-concentration peroxide gel is applied to the teeth and a specialized light will be shined on your teeth to activate the gel. Patients with particularly stubborn stains may return for a second session or continue whitening at home with a take-home whitening kit.
Take home whitening kits are available at Northern Kentucky Dental and produce significantly better results than over-the-counter whitening options. The whitening solution contained in these professional take-home kits are stronger than those made available at your local drug store which is why they must be distributed by a dental professional. The take-home whitening kits are easy to use and are comprised of a lower concentration peroxide gel than the in-office whitening system which is why it will remain on your teeth safely for an hour or longer. We will provide you with customized bleaching trays that will be created from impressions taken of your smile so that you may continue whitening in the comfort of your own home.
Causes of Teeth Colouring
Over time the natural enamel surface of our teeth is worn down and made dull. This can occur as a result of wear and tear, drinking heavily colored beverages such as coffee and soda, smoking, trauma or simply genetics. The tooth's core material is made up of dentin which is naturally yellow in color, so as the enamel wears down, the dentin begins to show through more and more.
Everyday chewing and biting creates millions of tiny cracks within the enamel, while the dentin remains intact. These tiny spaces between the enamel begin to fill with debris and stains which result in teeth appearing dull and less vibrant in color. Teeth whitening safely removes the stains and debris from within the cracks in the enamel. The tiny micro-cracks will remain, as can also fill up with debris once again if not maintained.
Teeth whitening is not permanent, it needs to be maintained with regular brushing and flossing, cleanings etc. Dental veneers are a more permanent solution for patients who either would like a whitening option more resistant to future stains or have deep set stains which cannot be removed with teeth whitening alone.
Keeping Your Teeth White
To maintain your renewed vibrant smile, it is recommended to avoid drinking and eating substances that will cause staining to the teeth for at least one week immediately after whitening. The reason for this, that when the teeth are bleached they become temporarily sensitive and can be more susceptible to staining. If you would like to enjoy a heavily colored beverage such as coffee or soda, drink through a straw whenever possible. Of course, practicing consistent proper oral hygiene is imperative to keeping your smile bright and healthy. Patients can also follow up with at-home whitening to maintain their renewed and vibrant smile as well.
Causes of Tooth Staining
There is two types of stains that can occur in the teeth which are extrinsic and intrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are those that are visible on the tooth's surface resulting from dark wines, soda, coffee, tobacco and general wear and tear. Minor stains on the surface can be removed with regular brushing and flossing and scheduled visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning. Intrinsic stains are formed within the tooth's structure and can be caused by trauma, age, certain medications, excessive fluoride injestion etc. Intrinsic stains may be removed over time with a take home teeth whitening kit.