Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored due to exposure to certain foods or beverages. In some cases, having dental procedures performed such as root canals can also discolor your teeth. Even age can cause teeth to become discolored as the tooth enamel thins over time, exposing the dentin that lies beneath. Luckily, Roger L. Gillespie, DDS offers many treatments to whiten your teeth and restore your smile to its original brilliance.
Types of Whitening Treatments For Tooth Discoloration
Depending on the cause and severity of your particular case of tooth discoloration, there are a number of different treatments that your dentist can offer you. A few of these treatments may include:
- Dental bonding
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain inlays or onlays
- Teeth whitening
- Dental crowns
While the effectiveness of each of these treatments will vary, any of them are likely to be more effective than over the counter products that may be tempting due to their low price. These treatments generally provide very poor results, even after several treatments. Our office can provide you with at home or in office whitening treatments, as well as procedures such as the patented light-activated BrightSmile system.
How Whitening Works
Tooth whitening treatments remove the stains that occur on tooth enamel, giving you a smile that is noticeably whiter and brighter. Dr. Gillespie may use a whitening solution in his office (or a procedure such as BrightSmile whitening), or he may give you a whitening kit to use at home.
It’s important to remember that unlike porcelain veneers, simple whitening procedures will not make your teeth stain resistant. You’ll want to avoid food and drink that may stain your teeth again, as well as follow normal good oral hygiene procedures to ensure that your teeth stay as white and bright as they can for as long as possible after having them whitened.
For more information on our teeth whitening services, please call Roger L. Gillespie, DDS today at 310-325-4155 and let us schedule your tooth whitening consultation.