Teeth Whitening – Fairfield, OH
Achieve a Brighter Smile
Are you eager to achieve a brighter smile? It is perfectly natural for teeth to become discolored over time, but it’s still something that many of us are self-conscious of. Fortunately, there is a viable solution. Dr. Andrew Dine offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening to lift surface stains and achieve the beautiful results you’re looking for in a short period of time. To learn more about teeth whitening, contact our office to schedule your appointment.
Why Choose Andrew Dine, DDS for Teeth Whitening?
- Friendly Dental Team
- In-Office and Take-Home Options
- Dental Membership Plan
Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
There are numerous ways that teeth can become discolored. Here are just some of the most common culprits:
- Pigmented foods and beverages – including coffee, tea, and red wine.
- Smoking and using other tobacco products.
- Consuming sugary and acidic foods and beverages.
- Poor dental hygiene routine.
- Certain medications.
Some causes of tooth discoloration can be prevented, but others are completely out of your control. There are two main types of discoloration: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains occur on the surface of the teeth and are typically caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco usage. This type of discoloration can usually be lifted with professional whitening treatments. Intrinsic stains can occur as a result of different medications. Ultimately, this is something that you should discuss with your doctor.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Dr. Dine offers two different types of teeth whitening. Here are your options:
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
If you’re looking to lift discoloration from the comfort of your own home, take-home teeth whitening kits are available. First, Dr. Dine will start by checking your smile for existing issues. If you have tooth decay, gum disease, or another oral health issue, it will need to be addressed before you can whiten your teeth. Next, you will receive customized trays and a professional-grade whitening gel that is more effective than anything you can find over the counter. After about two weeks of wearing these trays for a set amount of time each day, you will see your beautiful results.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
For patients who are looking for quicker results, teeth whitening can be completed in-office. If you have a wedding coming up or are trying to look your best during your upcoming vacation – this may be a better option for you. In just a single appointment, you can leave the practice with a smile that is several shades brighter.
Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile
The results of your teeth whitening will last much longer if you take the time to maintain them. Here are some tips to help you keep your smile in gorgeous shape:
- Keep up excellent oral hygiene. This means brushing twice and flossing once a day.
- Limit your consumption of dark-colored beverages.
- Avoid using tobacco products.
- Attend your regular cleanings and checkups every six months.
- See us for touch-up treatments as needed.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Are you eager to transform the appearance of your smile? Teeth whitening is an excellent option, but it pays to be well-informed, so we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about teeth whitening in Fairfield. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for below, just give us a call. We’re happy to explain more about the treatment and schedule you an appointment.
Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they’re worried that the procedure will hurt. Because professional teeth whitening treatments are entirely custom, you are much less likely to experience tooth sensitivity. If your teeth are more prone to being sensitive, don’t hesitate to let us know. By spacing out treatments, staying away from hot beverages, and using a specialty toothpaste, this unpleasant sensation can be avoided.
Does Teeth Whitening Damage Enamel?
No, teeth whitening does not damage healthy enamel. However, if your teeth are compromised by either decay or gum disease, the chemicals can cause issues. That’s why conducting a comprehensive dental exam ahead of time is so important. Additional damage can also occur from at-home remedies, like using activated charcoal and hydrogen peroxide. Overuse of whitening products can also be harmful. If you are looking to try a teeth whitening method of any kind, you should always consult with your dentist first.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
Teeth whitening is not permanent. Typically, results will last anywhere from a couple months to a few years depending on how well you care for your teeth. To prolong the results, you should implement a solid at-home oral hygiene routine, attend your six-month cleanings and checkups, and avoid poor dental habits. Touchup treatments are also available to keep your teeth their pearly white shade.
Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns cannot be whitened like natural tooth enamel. In fact, whitening gels can weaken the bond between your tooth and restoration, therefore causing complications. Fortunately, you can prevent your dental crowns from becoming discolored by implementing the same best practices you use for your natural teeth. If you aren’t happy with the current shade of your dental crown, talk to your dentist about having it replaced to better suit the goals you have for your smile.