Do you have stains on your teeth? If so, you may be considering a few over-the-counter solutions, such as whitening strips to even toothpastes and mouthwashes. However, to really brighten smiles in Mansfield, TX, we offer two very different professional whitening options. Which one will be right for you, and how do you keep your smile bright afterward?

How Do Stains Form on Our Smiles?

Did you know our daily habits often impact the shades of our smile? When we don’t brush and floss properly, and when we eat foods high in sugar and starch, we increase the risk of plaque buildup. Plaque occurs when bacteria break down food particles left on and between the teeth. The buildup makes stains more visible. In addition, consuming drinks with dark pigments, such as coffee, soda, tea, and red wine, also lead to discoloration. Smoking and tobacco use will discolor your teeth, while also increasing your risk of developing cancer. Understanding the factors behind your teeth stains will help you make better choices to not only brighten your smile, but help you enjoy better oral health.

In-Office Whitening

If you would like a fresh start for your smile, we can remove discoloration in one visit with our in-office procedure. We begin by placing a protective covering over your lips and gums. We then apply a powerful bleaching gel to the teeth. A special light then activates the gel, which begins breaking up stains. The entire procedure only takes between one and two hours to complete, allowing you to leave our office with a noticeable brighter smile.

Brightening Smiles From Home

We also have an option you can use from the comfort of your own home. First, you visit our office so we can take detailed impression of your smile. We use the impression to design and create a set of plastic trays. You then take the trays home with you, along with a bleaching gel. At home, you will fill the trays with gel and then wear them, usually for about 30 to 45 minutes per day. Optimal results take between a week and ten days to achieve, but some enjoy a smile brightened by several shades. We also have other options to address stains, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Routine procedures, such as dental cleanings, also help your smile stay bright. If you have any questions about teeth whitening or any of our other cosmetic dental treatments, then contact our team today.

Do You Want a Brighter Smile?

We offer dramatic and long-lasting solutions to discolored teeth. For more information on our cosmetic treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.