Several factors can cause your teeth to become stained or discolored. Some causes are within your control, while others are not. Here are some of the more common causes of tooth discoloration:
It's possible to prevent staining by scheduling routine professional cleanings, maintaining positive oral hygiene habits, and brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth after consuming food or beverages known to cause stains.
Dr. Barrera offers the Philips Zoom! In-Office Whitening System. This treatment can boost the brightness of your smile by up to eight shades in less than an hour.
The process is simple: Dr. Barrera or a member of her team prepares your mouth for the whitening process before applying a layer of whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening solution.
Next, Dr. Barrera shines a special light on your teeth to accelerate the whitening process. She can adjust the intensity to reduce tooth sensitivity and repeat the process several times to achieve the desired shade.
Finally, Dr. Barrera applies a post-treatment gel to reduce sensitivity and protect your enamel.
For those who want to complete their teeth whitening at home, Dr. Barrera offers the Philips Zoom! Take-Home System. This simple whitening kit allows you to use plastic trays to brighten your smile over several days.
You just apply the whitening gel to your custom-created trays before inserting them over your upper and lower teeth. The trays remain in place for 4-8 hours each night. It's important to follow Dr. Barrera's instructions regarding the number of necessary applications.
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening systems available, but none match the power of a professional system that’s available only through your dentist.
When you're ready to boost the wattage of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Barrera by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!