Teeth Whitening

Smile Brighter with Professional Teeth Whitening

Dull, stained teeth may make you feel self-conscious. Whether you have discoloration from trauma, smoking, drinking tea or coffee, or from medication, teeth whitening is a fast, safe and painless way to restore the natural beauty of your teeth.

The Many Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Not all teeth stains are the same. There are two distinct types of stain categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are external, only affecting the surface of a tooth. Intrinsic stains are internal and are much more challenging to treat than extrinsic ones.

So, how do you tell which type of stain pertains to you?
Extrinsic stains are typically yellow or brown and are usually caused by:

  • Tobacco
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Poor dental hygiene

Intrinsic stains can be blue or grey and are caused by:

  • Trauma
  • Nerve degeneration
  • Aging
  • Medication
  • Genetics
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Professional Dental Teeth Whitening vs. Store Bought Kits

There are two significant differences between professional teeth whitening and kits purchased over the counter  (OTC)  at the store. The first is that store-bought OTC teeth whitening kits utilize whitening agents with a lower strength concentration. The second is these OTC kits can irritate your mouth and gums because they are not custom-fitted.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is one of the most widely used and inexpensive cosmetic dental procedures available. It uses a powerful peroxide-based bleaching agent that is carefully applied to the teeth.

What is the Teeth Whitening Process?

At McDonogh Dental Associates, the preferred type of whitening process uses a bleaching gel which is placed into custom-fitted trays or mouthpieces.   Detailed impressions of your teeth are made from which the custom trays are fabricated. The whitening gel is placed inside the trays and is used at home for a period of 2-3 weeks.  A pre-treatment shade of your teeth is taken to compare to your post-treatment result. Of course, you will be thoroughly instructed about the exact details of the process and all expectations will be reviewed.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

The duration of your results depends on your lifestyle. If you regularly smoke or consume dark drinks and sodas, your results may not last as long.  Regular touch-up applications are usually needed to keep your smile the brightest it can be throughout the years.

Call McDonogh Dental Associates Today for a Radiant Smile

At McDonogh Dental Associates, our experienced doctors and professional staff are here to provide you with comfortable and safe treatment. Using modern equipment and techniques, we can help you obtain a beautiful, white smile. Call us today at (410) 363-2500 or schedule a consultation today!