Teeth Whitening

Yellowing or stained teeth? It doesn’t have to be that way. Burch Dental in Loves Park and Rockford can help restore your smile to its natural vibrancy. But before you consider trying an At-Home solution or an In-Office one, read on to learn about teeth whitening and how it works.

What Causes Teeth to Change Color?

While we normally think all teeth should be white, the truth is that teeth can be a variety of shades of color. Tooth enamel can change color over time, and it can be for different reasons such as aging, genetics, tobacco use, and staining foods. Even some medications can cause teeth staining.

At-Home Solutions

Whitening toothpaste can provide a gentler, surface whitening of the teeth. This is done by removing stains on the surface of the teeth, polishing the teeth. However, the whitening effect is relatively slight, and it can take a bit of time to work. Sometimes it can take as long as weeks to see any effect.

Your dentist can provide you with an At-Home solution, such as a whitening tray to take home. Regardless of what you use at home, it is good to consult with your dentist first.

In the Office Solutions

In-Office whitening solutions are far stronger than those available for At-Home use. This can often involve the use of chairside bleaching, using higher concentrations of peroxide than home-use products. The dentist will often use a rubber sheet or protective gel to keep your gums from getting irritated by the peroxide while the procedure is going on. This will usually take about an hour.

Are There Any Side Effects?

After getting your teeth whitened, you might experience temperature sensitivity. Your gums may also be irritated for a short time. If these symptoms occur for more than just a few days, be sure to see your dentist.

Take Care of Your Newly Whitened Teeth

Whether you choose an At-Home solution or come to Burch Dental for a teeth-whitening procedure, we recommend avoiding tobacco products and food that may stain. Newly-whitened teeth may be more susceptible to staining, and eventually, your teeth will start to stain again. You’ll want to keep those teeth shiny for as long as possible!

Get the best advice on Teeth Whitening. Consult one of our dentists today at Burch Dental in Loves Park and Rockford!

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