The most common cosmetic dental procedure we see in our New Bern, NC dentist office is teeth whitening. Many patients are looking for a simple, effective way to enhance their natural smile, and teeth whitening is a great way to achieve this goal. Dr. Stephen Hoard offers in office and take home teeth whitening for his patients, as well as other treatments that can restore your natural smile. Learn more below.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth occurs naturally over time. This process can also be hastened along by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or frequent consumption of coffee or highly pigmented beverages and foods. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this process down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process.
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. Dr. Hoard will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Hoard creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter.
Patients with multiple cosmetic concerns in addition to discoloration may benefit from porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and tooth like. The porcelain material has a translucence and texture similar to natural tooth enamel. Unlike tooth enamel, however, porcelain veneers are resistant to stain and decay. Not to mention, that porcelain veneers can brighten your smile!
Teeth Whitening in New Bern, NC
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard by calling (252) 507-0373 or request an appointment online.