Southern Smiles Lawrenceville
General Dentist located in Lawrenceville, GA
Brighter teeth can complement your smile at any age. With professional teeth whitening, at Southern Smiles Lawrenceville in Lawrenceville, Georgia, you can brighten your teeth and remove surface staining due to foods, beverages, and substances like tobacco. To schedule a teeth whitening consultation, call the office or book online today.
Teeth Whitening Q&A
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a treatment to alter the colors of your teeth to a brighter shade. Even though you can’t treat all stains and discoloration, teeth whitening can make a major difference in how your smile looks and is one of the easiest ways to make your smile stand out in a positive way.
At Southern Smiles Lawrenceville, we offer professional whitening services only. These are much more effective and faster-working than the over-the-counter whitening pastes and products you can get at the store. We might recommend:
Whitening in the office results in substantial results after just one session. We apply a bleaching product to your teeth before shining a curing light on it to activate the bleach. She protects your gums with a shield before the treatment starts.
Whitening trays at home
Custom whitening trays made to fit your teeth are available from Southern Smiles Lawrenceville. You can take them home and use them comfortably on your own time according to our instructions. They have comparable bleaching strength to the teeth whitening treatments in the office.
Where does tooth discoloration come from?
Tooth discoloration happens naturally over time. Much of the yellowing you see happen as the enamel layer becomes thinner over time and allows the dentin layer to show through. Yet, plenty of substances and foods can stain the enamel, too. Teeth whitening treatments at Southern Smiles Lawrenceville can target and lighten stains and discoloration from:
- Red wine
- Cigarette smoke
- Chewing tobacco
Many foods and drinks contain pigments called chromogens that can get stuck in the porous tooth enamel. For tobacco, the nicotine in the product mixes with oxygen to turn your teeth yellow over time.
If you have tooth discoloration in darker shades like gray or brown, you might not see much of a difference after teeth whitening. Stains like these come from medications and traumatic injuries and are difficult or even impossible to lighten. You may consider getting veneers or crowns for teeth with particularly dark discoloration.
How long do the results of teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening treatments offer results that last anywhere from six months to three years by practicing optimal oral hygiene. That involves brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and getting regular professional exams and cleanings at Southern Smiles Lawrenceville.
You can talk to us about making teeth whitening a regular part of your routine during your next visit.
Compare your options for teeth whitening by calling Southern Smiles Lawrenceville for an appointment or by booking online today.