Do you have stubborn tooth stains that just won’t go away? Are yellowed and darkened teeth impacting the look of your smile? Receive professional teeth whitening treatment in our Zachary, LA dental office today. At Morris Family Dentistry, Dr. Chad Morris helps patients meet their cosmetic dental goals while improving their oral and overall health. After patients receive professional whitening treatment, they are often more motivated to take care of their smiles. Routine oral hygiene can brighten the smile while keeping infection at bay.
Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration
There are multiple factors that lead to discolored teeth:
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Patients who do not routinely brush and floss their teeth twice a day may end up with yellowed, discolored teeth. Gently brushing the tooth enamel and removing bacteria buildup between the teeth can help brighten the smile and improve oral health.
- Tobacco Products: Cigarettes, vapes, and other products that contain tobacco stain the tooth enamel.
- Foods and Beverages: Some foods and beverages contain chromogens, which are pigments that attach to teeth. Coffee, tea, wine, tomatoes, and berries can cause tooth stains.
- Certain Medications: Patients who take antihistamines, antipsychotics, may notice sudden tooth discoloration. Please let our office know your medical and dental history so we can custom-tailor treatment for your needs.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Opalescence™ teeth whitening is applied by Dr. Morris in his dental office. This quick yet effective whitening treatment can brighten your smile in just under an hour. For this treatment, Dr. Morris will use a shade guide to determine how bright you want your results. He will place a lip and cheek retractor in the mouth and apply a barrier between the teeth and gums. This barrier ensures that the whitening gel will stay on the tooth enamel.
Then, Dr. Morris applies the whitening gel to each tooth. The gel will remain on the teeth for 20 minutes and then will be suctioned off. This process may be repeated one or two more times to achieve the desired results. The average treatment time for Opalescence is 40 to 60 minutes, and patients will find that there is an immediate difference in their smile.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
For the convenience of our patients, we also provide take-home teeth whitening treatment. Although patients will need to visit our office for their customized kit, they can whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes. First, we will take dental impressions in our dental office. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where the custom whitening trays are created. Once the trays are complete, we will ensure that the trays fit precisely. We will provide patients with their professional teeth whitening kit that includes their custom trays and whitening gel.
Whiten Your Smile Today
Do you want a brighter smile? Ask Dr. Morris about professional teeth whitening today. Request a dental appointment with Dr. Morris online or call Morris Family Dentistry today at 225.725.7565. If you have any remaining questions about teeth whitening, please let Dr. Morris know at your next consultation. He will be happy to help you.