Do you want a whiter and brighter smile? Age, diet, genetics, and illnesses can make your teeth look discolored and unsightly. An increasing number of people want to transform their yellow and dull teeth with dental whitening.
Whiter and brighter smiles are considered a mark of health, happiness, and success. Dr. Guy Leavitt and our team at Fort Collins Dental Arts offer custom take-home teeth whitening treatments, so you can get on the road to whiter teeth in as little as one office visit.
Causes of Teeth Staining
Many food and drinks contain stain-causing properties. With daily brushing, we can try and limit the damage, but eventually, the stains can add up regardless of how well we clean.
The staining process happens quicker for people who consume food and drink that contain a lot of tannins, a natural colorant. Examples of tannin-rich products are coffee and red wine.
Another key contributor to tooth discoloration is smoking. Not only is it bad for your overall health, but the nicotine will also stain your teeth and compromise your smile.
Other contributing factors to tooth discoloration are heavy use of antibiotics, the natural aging process, illness, poor dental hygiene, excessive exposure to high levels of fluoride, and tooth decay.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Depending on your unique situation and the treatment used, dental whitening generally lasts for up to a month. You can make your treatment last longer by avoiding food and beverages that stain your teeth.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Under the supervision of a skilled dentist, dental whitening is safe. Before you undergo teeth whitening treatments though, it is important to have a dental professional examine your mouth for cavities and gum health. A teeth cleaning appointment would be a good idea before you undergo dental whitening.
A good candidate for teeth whitening will have healthy teeth and gums. When using at-home whitening, it is imperative that you follow Dr. Leavitt’s orders. Leaving teeth whitening products on your teeth for too long or too often could cause sore gums or other dental health problems. It is also a good idea to avoid acidic drinks for a few hours after whitening your teeth to better protect your teeth enamel.
You might experience some tooth sensitivity after whitening, but it is short-lasting. If tooth or gum sensitivity becomes bothersome, you should stop using dental whitening products until you talk to Dr. Leavitt.
Who Should Not Whiten Their Teeth?
It is typically advised that pregnant women and nursing mothers defer teeth whitening until it is safe. Patients with porcelain or composite dental crowns and bondings should also note that dental whitening will not lighten these restorations, and they may have an uneven smile afterward. It is also important to realize when your teeth are white enough. If you are doing an at-home teeth whitening, it is possible to overdo it. Typically, a once-a-month maintenance whitening is safe. Any more than once a month, and you could risk enamel damage.
Does Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening?
Insurance generally does not cover teeth whitening. However, dental whitening is one of the least expensive cosmetic dental treatments and one of the most convenient ways to see a transformation in your smile.
Choose Fort Collins Dental Arts for Teeth Whitening
Are you ready to take the next steps in getting a white and beautiful smile? Fort Collins Dental Arts is dedicated to the health and beauty of your teeth and gums. Our professional and talented team will ensure your teeth-whitening process is safe and effective. Call our office today and schedule an appointment for dental whitening with Dr. Guy Leavitt (970) 459-4459.