Has your smile lost its sparkle? If you notice dull, discolored teeth where there were once bright, pearly whites, you are a prime candidate for improving your smile via teeth whitening from Vivid Dental in Houston, Texas.
Whether for an upcoming major milestone event or to boost your confidence, professional teeth whitening can give you a reason to smile again. Even individuals with sensitive teeth can enjoy all the benefits of a whiter smile with professional whitening.
There are two main types of tooth discoloration: Extrinsic and Intrinsic.
Lifestyle is the number one reason why teeth become extrinsically discolored or stained. Drinking coffee or tea, smoking, and tobacco are the biggest offenders of yellow teeth. When it comes to foods and beverages, it can stain your teeth if it can stain a white shirt. Other significant offenders are red wine, tomato sauce, and dark-colored fruits and vegetables. Acidic foods and drinks can also discolor the teeth due to erosion.
Certain medications such as the antibiotics tetracycline or doxycycline can cause intrinsic tooth discoloration when given before the age of 8 and during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Some other medicines that can cause intrinsic stains are antihistamines and certain blood pressure medications.
Age is another factor. Even with diligent oral hygiene, your teeth can start to naturally discolor over time as the enamel thins out, making teeth look more yellow.
At Vivid Dental, we provide in-office and at-home teeth whitening options for our patients with the KöR Deep Bleaching System.
The KöR system is an excellent choice for individuals who have deep stains. The treatment involves a chairside whitening session in the office to jump-start the whitening process, followed by personalized at-home whitening trays for 7-14 days afterward.
The KöR Deep Bleaching system uses desensitizers to help reduce tooth sensitivity before it even begins, making it an excellent choice for patients who have had trouble with whitening sensitivity in the past.
While discoloration of the teeth may be a natural occurrence, it’s not something you have to live with. Teeth whitening is one of the most effective and affordable ways to improve your smile quickly. In fact, it’s the number one cosmetic dental treatment in the United States.