Why Whiten Your Teeth?
For most people, the benefits of teeth whitening are obvious. Having a bright smile can make you feel more attractive, youthful, and confident. There is also scientific evidence that people with yellower, darker teeth are perceived as less attractive. Teeth whitening has become a popular procedure for everyday life as well as for special occasions, such as weddings and class reunions, and it is a dental procedure that people of all ages can consider.
Now that you know a few of the many incentives for whitening your teeth, you may be wondering what causes tooth discoloration in the first place. Most of the stains on our teeth are caused by the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. Consuming coffee, wine, soda, dark-colored tea, berries, or beets, for example, can lead to stains on your enamel. Smoking is another common cause of tooth discoloration.
Even if you refrain from smoking and consuming these foods and beverages, however, our enamel naturally wears down with age and our dentin, which is a bony, yellow tissue in teeth, becomes more visible. The good news is that our Marrero teeth whitening services can help treat discoloration in your teeth.
How We Whiten Teeth
At Southern Dental Care, we offer our patients in-office treatments as well as take-home kits to whiten their teeth. If you come to our office for Marrero teeth whitening, our trained staff can use a stronger, more concentrated product that will treat your teeth faster than you can at home. We also ensure that the product is applied evenly and correctly on your teeth without getting any on your skin or clothes.
If you prefer to treat yourself at home, however, our take-home kits are an excellent option. We provide you with thorough instructions so you can whiten and care for your teeth properly, and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We also make regular follow-up appointments for you in order to professionally monitor your treatments.
Please note that if you have any cavities, they will need to be filled before we can perform any teeth whitening services. Read more about our tooth-colored fillings here.
Teeth Whitening Alternatives
While it can be tempting to purchase an over-the-counter teeth whitening products, these are often ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits, for instance, often use a highly acidic product, which can wear away your enamel. When applied incorrectly, teeth whitening kits and whitening strips can leave you with uneven results, and teeth whitening toothpastes and whitening strips are not strong enough to treat severe discoloration.
One effective alternative to professional teeth whitening services is veneers. These incredibly thin shells are permanently applied over your teeth. Veneers can give you a whiter smile while also closing gaps in your teeth and restoring the appearance of small, chipped, cracked, or deformed teeth.
If you are interested in whitening your teeth or learning more about our veneers and Marrero teeth whitening services, please click here to contact us. Our office is located in Marrero, and we are happy to serve the entire greater New Orleans area.