Perhaps the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening can have a profound impact on your smile. Discoloration, stains, or a generally dingy appearance can detract greatly from the overall appearance of your smile. Worse yet, these common cosmetic issues often suggest poor oral health and can lead to feeling embarrassed, unattractive, or ashamed of your smile.
Teeth whitening is a simple and effective way to rejuvenate the appearance of your entire smile by addressing yellowing and discoloration on the surface of your enamel. With a quick one-hour visit to our office or a simple two-week application of professional-strength tooth whitening solution, we can help you lighten your smile several shades, revealing the healthy, bright, and attractive enamel your discoloration is obscuring.
If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 and schedule cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Nathan Tenney. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and all surrounding areas.
Common Causes of Teeth Stains
Teeth stains are virtually inevitable. Everybody gets some degree of discoloration at some point in their lives. Sometimes this is the result of aging, but other contributing factors include:
- Tobacco use
- Coffee and tea
- Tomato-based sauces
- Darker sauces such as soy sauce
- Fruits and vegetables including blueberries and beets
- Soda and sports drinks
- Medication use
Of course, some of these things can be reduced or given up to help eliminate tooth staining. Risks from others can be addressed by improving your oral hygiene routine. Issues caused by excess fluoridation or medication such as tetracycline will need a more advanced cosmetic approach and can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation at our Glendale office.
We offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home options to address these common causes of staining. Which solution is best for your needs is dependent on several factors unique to your smile.
Boost Tooth Whitening
Dr. Tenney offers Opalescence Boost for in-office whitening. This procedure offers instant results without the sensitivity and irritation that may accompany other forms of tooth whitening. In fact, a single one-hour treatment can lighten the shade of teeth up to 3x, allowing you to leave our office looking and feeling your absolute best.
Boost is formulated with potassium nitrate and fluoride, which work to both strengthen teeth and reduce instances of sensitivity. What’s more, because Boost is chemically activated, there is no need for the application of heat or lasers, further improving comfort without compromising results.
Opalescence Boost is designed to last. Unlike some teeth whitening systems that stop working after they have been applied, Boost is formulated to prevent shade relapse. This helps ensure your results are long-lasting, but it will still be important to take steps to maintain your teeth whitening results. During your free teeth whitening consultation at our Glendale office, we can discuss how long results might last along with ways you can help prolong them.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Take-home teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to whiten your smile and remove unattractive discoloration. At Desert Smiles, we provide a complete kit, which includes the whitening gel and a custom-made application tray that fits precisely over your teeth. In the privacy and comfort of your own home, you'll wear the tray for an hour or so every day. In about two weeks your treatment will be complete.
Our tooth whitening kits use hydrogen peroxide to oxidize stains and remove them permanently. The concentration of peroxide available through our office is not available in stores, nor are additives, including fluoride, that help reduce sensitivity.
Professional Take-Home Treatment vs. Store-Bought Tooth Whitening
Store-bought teeth whitening systems come with one-size-fits-all application trays. Some of them are “boil-and-bite” to conform more closely to the teeth, but even these will not be cut to fit into your mouth specifically. The solution that comes with store-bought options is typically highly-concentrated and lacking ingredients that help reduce sensitivity and this, along with ill-fitting application trays, can result in tooth sensitivity and the irritation of soft oral tissue.
Our kits come with application trays that have been designed for your smile alone. Shaped and sized from impressions of your actual teeth, the bleaching trays you will get from Desert Smiles conform precisely to every tooth and are sized appropriately for your mouth to avoid solution contact with soft oral tissue. Our bleaching gel is specially formulated to decrease risks of sensitivity while concentrated for optimal effectiveness.
More comfortable, less risky, and more consistent, professional take-home teeth whitening options from Desert Smiles offer several clear advantages over options available at grocery stores and pharmacies. Better still, your entire procedure will be completed under the supervision of an experienced cosmetic and general dentist who can address concerns and assist with problems to help ensure you achieve the best outcome possible.
Advantages of Teeth Whitening at Desert Smiles
Some advantages of whitening your teeth at Desert Smiles:
- It is the simplest cosmetic dental procedure
- It is relatively inexpensive
- Nothing artificial has to be bonded or attached to your teeth
- Maintaining maximum whiteness requires only minor touch-up treatments
- It usually whitens your teeth quite noticeably, and you can control the results by how diligent you are with the treatment
When you visit our practice in Glendale, Dr. Nathan Tenney will be able to learn more about your dental history. He can then make customized recommendations for your smile and provide oral hygiene tips based on your unique dental health, which will help you prevent stains and other problems.
In some cases, teeth whitening will need to be combined with other services, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding. This is another advantage offered by our take-home services – you can choose which teeth receive whitening treatment, saving solution by not placing it on restorations that will not respond to peroxide. If you could benefit from more than one procedure, Dr. Tenney will discuss smile makeover options in greater detail during your initial consultation.
Some staining will occur regardless of your best efforts, but you can reduce the extent and help keep teeth white and healthy-looking in between routine visits by using your trays and bleaching solution for touch-ups as needed. Additional solution can be purchased through our office on a walk-in basis or during your routine exams and cleanings. Be sure to schedule these cleanings every six months to maintain peak oral health and beauty.
In addition, you can help maintain your bright smile by:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each session
- Flossing your teeth at least once a day
- Rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking stain-causing foods and beverages
- Reducing your consumption of sugary beverages like soda
If you use tobacco products, giving them up will be necessary to maintain results. Nicotine causes tenacious stains that may not respond fully to teeth whitening. The drug is also linked to gum disease, tooth infection, and oral cancer, making it important for both your health and your beauty that you give it up. We can discuss this in greater detail during your next visit to our office.
Contact Desert Smiles for a Teeth Whitening Consultation
If you are interested in teeth whitening and live in or around Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria or the surrounding areas of Arizona, please call Desert Smiles, at 602-978-1790, to schedule an appointment and learn how Dr. Tenney can help you reach your goals.