Almost anyone with stained, discolored or dull teeth may stand to benefit from a teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Drummond has helped patients whose teeth were stained by years of coffee drinking, tea drinking, and smoking, as well as by other causes.
As an experienced dentist, Dr. Drummond is able to apply teeth whitening treatments that work much faster than those that are available over the counter. Patients usually see noticeable results after just a single visit, although Dr. Drummond might recommend multiple treatments or ongoing care to achieve a patient’s desired smile.
Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
Teeth stains and discoloration can be separated into two categories. Some stains, such as those caused by food, drink, and tobacco, start from the outside. Whitening kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes may have some effect on these stains but can often wear away enamel. A treatment applied by a cosmetic dentist will be more effective. Other stains, which are caused by medications, injuries, and fluorosis, start on the inside of the tooth. These stains can only be lightened by a professional whitening treatment.
A single teeth whitening treatment takes about as long as a typical doctor or dentist appointment. There’s usually no need to stay in the dentist office for a long recovery period. In most cases, patients can go back to their day following the treatment whether they’re headed home, to school or work.
When selecting a cosmetic dentist specifically for teeth whitening, patients should look for someone who is both knowledgeable and experienced. The dentist should have helped lots of patients regain their smiles, and they should have pictures that demonstrate their past work. Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored, and directions followed closely.