Over time, stains and discoloration can build up on your teeth, causing a yellowed appearance. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your teeth are unhealthy—discoloration can be a cosmetic issue rather than a sign of tooth decay. However, yellowed teeth can shake your confidence when you look in the mirror. You feel self-conscious about your teeth, leading you to avoid smiling in public or cover your mouth with your hand.
Our teeth-whitening treatments at Lexington Family Smiles give you sparkling white teeth that make you want to smile more often. After about four weeks of treatment, you’ll notice whiter teeth and increased confidence. Treatments are simple and comfortable—in fact, you can whiten your teeth at home with a little help from our professionals.
Can’t You Use Whitening Strips from the Drugstore?
When you go to the drugstore, you see boxes of whitening strips on the shelf. These products might look convenient, but they’re not necessarily the best option for your teeth. Whitening strips bleach your teeth to remove the discoloration. If your whitening strips contain harmful ingredients, they could strip the enamel from your teeth. This puts you at a higher risk for infections and tooth decay.
Whitening strips can also irritate your gums and increase tooth sensitivity. If you accidentally use the strips more than the recommended number of times, you could wear away your enamel and damage your teeth. Ultimately, it’s best to talk to a professional about whitening your teeth.
How Does the Whitening Process Work?
To start, call our office or set up an appointment online. You can get in touch with us if you have any questions before you jump in. Once you arrive, Dr. Moultin will examine your teeth and talk to you about what you can expect. You’ll get the chance to ask questions about the treatment so you know what you’re getting into before you get started.
Afterward, Dr. Moultin will fit you for the whitening tray. You’ll get a custom whitening tray made specifically for your teeth. While whitening strips from the store might sit awkwardly on your teeth, whitening trays fit perfectly and allows the treatment to get between the teeth. The whitening strip just touches the front surface of your teeth leaving discoloration between your teeth.
Dr. Moultin will give you specific instructions on how to use your whitening tray. According to directions, you’ll slide the tray over your teeth and leave it there for the recommended amount of time. Make sure you follow the directions exactly for the best results.
Over the next 2-4 weeks, you’ll start noticing whiter teeth when you look in the mirror. As the stains start to fade, you’ll beam with newfound confidence and look for reasons to smile wherever you go. Generally, your newly whitened teeth will last anywhere from several months to a few years.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for Everyone?
Before you get started, you’ll talk to our professionals about your teeth whitening options. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that makes your teeth look clean and white without treating any underlying issues. If you simply have discolored teeth, our treatments will give you a brilliantly white smile. However, we might recommend a different treatment if you have a condition that causes your stained teeth.
Can You Come Back for Touch-Ups?
Our treatments keep your teeth white and sparkling as long as possible. However, you might want to come back after several months for touch-ups or another whitening session. Our custom-fitted trays allow you to touch up your teeth without going through the entire process all over again. We’ll send you home with more gel so you can whiten your teeth at home and keep enjoying a breathtaking smile.
What Causes Teeth Discoloration?
If you have stains on your teeth, it might be from one or more of the following factors:
- Tobacco use. People who smoke or chew tobacco suffer from stained teeth, bad breath and other dental hygiene issues.
- Diet. Drinking a lot of coffee, soda and tea could leave stains on your teeth. Certain foods like berries and vinegar can also stain your teeth.
- Disease. Even if they’re not specifically related to dental hygiene, some conditions like liver disease can cause tooth discoloration.
- Medication. Certain medications and treatments like chemotherapy might discolor your teeth.
- Trauma. In particular, children’s teeth are susceptible to permanent damage. Adult teeth can also change colors if the trauma damaged the teeth or nerves.
- Genetics. Some people simply have genes that result in whiter teeth. Others are more susceptible to discoloration, especially as they get older.
- Aging. As you get older, your teeth might start to look increasingly aged and discolored.
How Effective Are Teeth Whitening Services?
If you follow through with the treatment, teeth whitening services can make your teeth look bright, white, and healthy. Cosmetic dentistry is much more effective than store-bought whitening strips because we use a specialized treatment. Our treatments can also whiten your teeth more quickly than products from the drugstore. Plus, you’ll get advice and guidance from a team of professionals with years of experience in the industry.
Get Started Today
At Lexington Family Smiles, our services go well beyond cosmetic dentistry. We offer regular cleanings to keep your teeth healthy as well as bridges, crowns, implants, X-rays, exams, and screenings. If you have children, we offer pediatric services that take care of your child’s teeth in a safe, comfortable environment. We also offer dentures, mouth guards, and full mouth reconstructions. To take your teeth whitening a step further, talk to us about porcelain veneers.
Many patients have anxiety about visiting the dentist. That’s why we provide a calm, relaxing environment with professional staff and a state-of-the-art facility. We’ll talk to you about every procedure so you know exactly what to expect. We’re also here to answer your questions about teeth whitening, dental hygiene, tooth repair, cancer screenings, and other dental-related topics. Check out our patient testimonials to see what we can do for you.
Want to set up an appointment? We accept appointments from both new and returning patients. Request an appointment online, or call us to schedule your visit. You can also call the office to talk more about our treatments, cleanings, and screenings for children and adults. Get in touch with us today—we can’t wait to see you smile again.