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Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can make a big difference in your smile. It’s effective, simple, and we can guide you through the entire process!

What Causes Teeth to Yellow?

Our patients often ask “What causes teeth to yellow and what can I do to prevent it?”  While daily brushing and flossing are the foundation for keeping your teeth bright and healthy, over time, certain substances, foods and beverages can slowly darken and yellow our teeth.

  • Tobacco smoke/chew
  • Red wine
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Medications/chemotherapy
  • Aging

Teeth whitening is a great option for those looking to enhance their smile and reduce yellowing for cosmetic purposes and we are happy to offer our patients clinical strength, ready to go, at-home whitening trays.

Teeth Whitening at South Shore Dental

At our office in Denver, we offer at-home teeth whitening kits that come with 10 pre-filled whitening trays. Depending on sensitivity, patients typically use each tray for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. When the desired shade of white is achieved, we recommend maintaining your pearly whites every 3-6 weeks.  Pro-tip: use a cotton swab to remove any of the bleach that may get on your gums to avoid irritation.

Does Teeth Whitening Always Work?

Unfortunately, no. Teeth whitening will not work for discoloration caused by injury or medications. It is also not effective on caps, crowns, veneers or fillings as only natural tooth enamel is affected by whitening agents.

What Are the Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening can increase tooth sensitivity to hot and cold liquids and foods. Most cases are temporary and improve when the treatment is over. Overuse of teeth whitening solutions can injure gums so be sure to follow the instructions carefully and never hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or concerns!

If you’re ready to set up a consultation for teeth whitening, give us a call for more information. We’ll walk you through the entire process to ensure that you get the best results with your professional teeth whitening!

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