Dull, discolored teeth
can make even the most beautiful smile seem lack-luster. Staining can be deep and dark or it may just be the everyday results of eating strongly pigmented foods or drinking certain beverages. Many people are interested in tooth whitening to brighten their smiles. Dr. Raymond can help you have the dazzling smile that you desire.
While there are many over-the-counter products on the market for you to use at home, the safest and most effective way to brighten your smile is with the use of professional whitening products and professional guidance and support from the dental office.
Causes of Staining
The underlying cause of staining will play a large role in determining the most effective whitening option for your teeth. Causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Drinking pigmented beverages such as black tea, coffee, and red wine
- Eating staining foods such as dark berries
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Excessive fluoride
- Dental trauma
- Metal fillings
Over the counter products can work remarkably well for certain people. "One size fits all" is the pattern with those products, and it only whitens the front six teeth at the most. If the size fits you, then that is great. The reality is that one size
does not fit most people, and generally, people want to whiten further back, almost to the molars.
Our professional whitening process involves making a custom fitted soft rubber tray (bleachguard) that holds the gel on the teeth. We use Opalescence take-home kits, and in two to three weeks, significant whitening can occur.
Alternatives to Tooth Whitening
Based on his extensive experience, Dr. Raymond can assess approximately how white your teeth can become. There are no guarantees however. Sometimes tooth whitening is not the best option, but that does not mean that you cannot have a brilliant smile. Dr. Raymond can provide other options including surface polishing to remove stains or porcelain veneers
to cover resistant stains.
Whitening Before Restorations
If you are planning to have porcelain restorations such as veneers or crowns
on some, but not all of your teeth, Dr. Buzz Raymond can whiten your teeth first and then match the color of your restorations to that shade, for a more dazzling end result.
Please read our Tooth Whitening Questions
and see the results for yourself in our Smile Gallery
Your new smile is just a phone call away. Please contact us
today to schedule your free initial consultation
and find out how you can have a brilliant and healthy smile. We are located in Minneapolis, and serve patients throughout the Minneapolis area.