As you age, your teeth are exposed to foods and drinks that stain them. On average, teeth get 2 shades darker every 10 years. Though your teeth may be perfectly healthy, they can appear damaged and make you look older. Fortunately, if you have deep stains or want to achieve a brighter smile quickly, Porter Dental Clinic in Hot Springs, has teeth-whitening options that can help you acquire a beautiful, youthful-looking, bright smile.
Types of Tooth Stains
Tooth stains fall into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are the yellow and brown stains that occur on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains occur inside your teeth, making them appear gray or blue. Some surface stains can be removed with whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits. However, these approaches are limited and can be painful or can cause tooth and gum sensitivities. Professional-grade products are needed to remove deeper extrinsic and intrinsic stains and to treat individuals with sensitive teeth and gums.
Professional Teeth-Whitening Options
There are several approaches to teeth bleaching that Hot Springs dentist Dr. Porter can use to help you whiten your smile by five shades in a short amount of time.
- In-office teeth bleaching: During your office visit, Dr. Porter will apply to your teeth the teeth-bleaching agent, typically in the form of a gel, then will use a whitening lamp to accelerate the bleaching process. Standard visits last 90 minutes.
- At-home teeth bleaching: Dr. Porter will provide you with a teeth-bleaching gel and a mouthguard to put it in that has been customized to your bite. He will then assign a teeth-bleaching regimen for you to follow. Results typically take a little longer than the in-office option; however, the process takes place within the comfort and convenience of your own home. It typically takes 10 to 14 days to achieve the desired results with this method.
Our Whitening Systems
We use the following teeth-bleaching system to help you achieve a bright white smile:
GLO Science Professional
Porter Dental Clinic is proud to provide GLO Science PRO, the latest whitening technology in dentistry. The in-office procedure whitens 5 shades in just 32 minutes. We wanted to provide you a treatment that is fast, easy, and comfortable. There is also a take-home device that will help you maintain your new white shade.
A whitening treatment is best done with a cleaning for maximum whitening results. Adding a GLO whitening treatment during your next regular appointment is easy- there is no setup time or tray prep, and we can complete the service while you are already in the chair.
Thinking about a restorative service? Teeth whitening is also best done before any restorative work, as the new teeth should be made to match a whiter smile.