Bright white teeth are the foundation of a beautiful smile. Most often, the first facial feature that gets noticed is your smile. Hence having an attractive smile can benefit your personal and social life. But genetics, age, lifestyle choices, and even medications can work together to dull or stain your teeth. At Elite Dental LLC in West St. Paul, MN, we offer advanced teeth whitening treatments that can significantly enhance the shade of your smile most comfortably and safely.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can happen due to several factors. Certain colored foods such as berries and curry have been proven to cause tooth stains and discoloration. In addition, tobacco use, drinking coffee, tea, or wine is also responsible for your smile's dullness. Some medications, including tetracycline, doxycycline, and certain antihistamines, have been recognized to cause tooth discoloration, particularly when given to young children.
Finally, age and genetics are also factors in stained teeth. As we age, the outer enamel layers of our teeth wear away, exposing the yellow-colored dentin beneath.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Healthy and white teeth can offer the following benefits:
- Improved self-confidence
- Predisposition to smile
- Success at the workplace
- Increased likeability
Are You Suitable for Teeth Whitening?
Almost everybody can undergo teeth whitening treatments. Our dentist, Dr. Mimi Hoang, will first need to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for whitening. Or, more importantly, we will determine if your teeth need general dentistry treatments to have consequent whitening procedures.
This could indicate that you might need cavities filled or root canals performed before the whitening treatments. Additionally, tooth whitening may not be effective if your teeth are stained due to certain medications; hence we will first decide if teeth whitening will be effective on your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Systems at Elite Dental LLC
- In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our in-office teeth whitening treatment will generally take less than one hour and can whiten your teeth up to eight shades brighter. As the bleaching solutions used in our office are professionally applied, contact with your gums and sensitive oral tissue is reduced. This can help deliver a much more comfortable treatment and reduce your risk of post-treatment tooth sensitivity.
Take-home teeth whitening kits provided at our dental office come with customized plastic trays. This allows you to uniformly whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home and to have your trays on hand in case you need a touch-up before an important event. When used as instructed, the home whitening option can significantly improve the color of your teeth in about four to six weeks.
To learn more about our teeth whitening treatments, visit Elite Dental LLC at 7300 147th St W #108, West St. Paul, MN. You can also reach us at (952) 432-1716 and schedule an appointment.