If you have been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by depositing more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.
Talk to your dentist before starting. If you are a candidate, there are four ways to put the shine back in your smile:
Stain Removal Toothpastes
All toothpastes help eliminate surface stains by the action of mild abrasives that clean the teeth. Look for whitening toothpastes that have earned the ADA Acceptance Seal for teeth stain removal (indicated on the package). These toothpastes have additional polishing agents that are safe for your teeth and provide stain removal effectiveness. Unlike teeth bleach, these types of products accepted by ADA do not change the color of the teeth because they can only remove surface stains.
This procedure is called armchair whitening and usually only requires a visit to the office. At Luxe Dental we apply a protective gel on your gums or a rubber protector to protect your gums. The bleach is applied to the teeth.
At-Home Bleaching from Luxe Dental
At Luxe Dental we provide you with a custom made whitening tray in the home. In this case, we will give you instructions on how to place the bleaching solution in the tray and for how long. This may be a preferred option if you feel more comfortable whitening in your own home at a slower pace, but still with our the guidance. Whitening outside of the office can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products
You can see different options online or at your local supermarket, such as toothpastes or whitening strips to whiten teeth. The concentration of bleaching agent in these products is lower than what your dentist would use in the office. If you are thinking of using an over-the-counter whitening kit, discuss the options with your dentist and look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That means that it has been proven to be safe and effective to whiten teeth.