Nobody wants a discolored smile; however, daily activities often pay a big role in dental stains. There are many factors that can contribute to stained enamel, including medications, tobacco use, injury to the teeth, and drinking darkly colored beverages. These stains can be classified as extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are on the surface of the teeth, while intrinsic stains live within the enamel and dentin. While some whitening toothpastes may be able to remove extrinsic stains, intrinsic stains can only be removed with professional teeth whitening.
In-office whitening is the quickest way to achieve a brighter smile, in just one treatment! In-office whitening treatments contain higher concentrations of whitening agents, so results are produced much more quickly than over-the-counter options. During your treatment, your gums are protected, and a whitening product is applied to the teeth until they reach the desired shade. This process usually takes between 30-60 minutes to complete, after which you will walk out with a whiter smile!
If you would rather obtain a whiter smile more gradually, at-home whitening can be a good option. This treatment involves a custom tray. A whitening gel will be placed into the tray, and you should wear it for about 30 minutes a day. This whitening gel allows you to whiten your smile safely and on your own time, and is a great alternative to in-office whitening treatments.