Even if you have perfectly straight teeth, staining or discoloration can detract from the beauty of your smile. At Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, we offer professional teeth whitening treatments to enhance the brilliance of your smile. We can lighten your smile up to several shades in a single office visit, or we can provide you with a custom take-home whitening kit that you can use over a two-week period in the comfort of your home. Professional whitening treatments are safer and more effective than store-brought toothpastes, gels, and strips, as they are tailored to your unique dental needs.
What Causes Dental Discoloration?
Even those who follow a regimented oral hygiene routine can develop staining. There are two types of dental staining: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains affect the enamel, or outer layer of the teeth. This form of discoloration is caused by food and beverages like coffee, tea, dark berries, and soda, as well as habits such as smoking.
In some cases, teeth can become discolored from the inside out. This is known as intrinsic dental staining. Intrinsic stains impact the inner portion of the tooth, or dentin. This type of staining can result from trauma, overexposure to fluoride, or tetracycline medications. Unfortunately, intrinsic discoloration cannot be effectively corrected with teeth whitening. However, we can provide custom porcelain veneers or perform dental bonding to improve smiles compromised by intrinsic stains. During your consultation, your doctor can help you determine which treatment is better suited for your needs.
How Teeth Whitening Can Help
Professional teeth whitening solution penetrates deep into your enamel to break up stains and reveal a smile up to several shades lighter. In-office treatment typically takes less than one hour, so you can experience immediate results. At-home trays gradually brighten lackluster teeth over a period of two weeks. Your vibrant smile can be easily maintained with touch-up visits every six months. Patients who avoid dark-colored foods and beverages are often able to extend the longevity of their treatment.
Professional whitening treatments are safer and more effective than store-brought toothpastes, gels, and strips, as they are tailored to your unique dental needs.
Benefits of Professional Treatment
Choosing to undergo a teeth whitening procedure with a dental professional can help you avoid common issues associated with over-the-counter products. Often, store-bought kits cause dental sensitivity and irritation because of harsh chemicals. Our whitening treatments are safe and customized to your needs and cosmetic goals. In addition, we can monitor you throughout treatment to ensure your comfort. At Harrison Dental Group, we use the KöR® whitening system, which is trusted by professionals for its predictability and efficacy.
Transform Your Appearance
Your smile should highlight your unique facial features, not detract from them. More brilliant teeth can contribute to a youthful glow and improve your overall self-confidence. If you are unhappy with your smile due to minor to moderate extrinsic dental staining or discoloration, our team can help. Please contact our office online to schedule your consultation at one of our two convenient locations. You can also call our West Jefferson office at (260) 432-3588 or our Winchester office at (260) 747-4747.