Do you have tooth discoloration? Are you looking for a professional solution to reverse enamel stains? Dr. Gray Bailey offers teeth whitening in Prairieville, LA.
Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that reverses stains that can age your smile. Compared to over-the-counter gels, toothpaste, and strips, professional tooth whitening shows results. But what are the common causes of tooth discoloration, and how can we treat them?
Why Do Teeth Become Discolored?
Our tooth enamel darkens over time. Sometimes, this is caused by tooth wear. Underneath the top layer of tooth enamel is a darker layer called dentin. This layer can show through and cause teeth to look discolored due to wear.
There are also beverages that stain the tooth enamel, including tea, coffee, and soda. These beverages contain chromogens that attach to teeth and discolor them. Smoking and tobacco use can also deeply stain and yellow the teeth after several uses. Other known causes for discoloration may include medications or illnesses and improper oral hygiene.
In-Office and Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Dr. Bailey offers LumiBrite® Chairside whitening at Absolute Quality Care Family Dentistry. During treatment, Dr. Bailey uses a syringe of a peroxide-based gel as well as desensitizing gel for comfortable treatment. After the whitening gel is applied to the tooth enamel, he cures it with the Sapphire Whitening Light. In as little as half an hour, patients can see results with in-office teeth whitening care.
For patients who want convenient care at home, we provide take-home whitening trays. Dr. Bailey will take impressions of your teeth in his office in order to create custom trays. At home, you can wear your trays lined with the whitening gel. Dr. Bailey will let you know how long you should wear the trays depending on the kind of whitening results you would like.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
We can answer common questions that patients have about whitening treatment below:
Are there side effects of teeth whitening treatment?
Some patients may feel tooth sensitivity after their treatment. However, LumiBrite whitening gel is used in tandem with desensitizing gel. Desensitizing gel helps to lower the chance of patients feeling sensitivity after treatment.
How often should I whiten my teeth?
Most patients need whitening touch-ups every several months if they receive treatment in our office. Alternatively, if patients use take-home whitening treatment, the length of time between touch-ups will vary. Because take-home teeth whitening is a more gradual whitening process than in-office whitening, results can be touched-up at a different time.
Does teeth whitening hurt the teeth?
No, the only risk that comes with professional teeth whitening is sensitivity. Unlike over-the-counter tooth whitening treatments, our whitening methods are crafted with tooth sensitivity in mind. Our whitening gel contains a low amount of hydrogen peroxide which eliminates stains safely and effectively.
Brighten Your Smile Today
Do you want to remove years of tooth stains? Call Dr. Bailey for tooth whitening treatment in Prairieville, LA at 225.424.6449. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Bailey on our website.