A glistening white smile doesn’t just make your teeth look great, it brightens your whole face. At Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry in Casa Grande, Arizona, dentists Jeffrey Mitchell, DDS, and David Crosby, DMD, and their team want to give you that glow with easy custom teeth whitening trays that you can use in the comfort of your home. To get started on getting rid of stains and yellowing on your enamel, request an appointment by phone or online today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Why do my teeth need whitening?
Your teeth are prone to discoloration and stains from many different sources. Some discoloration like yellowing and light-colored stains lifts away very easily with teeth whitening treatments. Other types of discoloration aren’t so simple to remove, and you might need to explore crowns or veneers if you want a brighter smile.
The types of staining and discoloration that you can correct with whitening treatments at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry often appear as the result of:
- Drinking pigmented beverages (red wine, coffee)
- Eating staining food (berries, tomato sauces)
- Smoking and other tobacco use
- Poor dental hygiene
Some medications, diseases, and trauma can also cause discoloration. However, these types aren’t always treatable with teeth whitening. Brown teeth likely won’t lift back up to a shade of white, and gray teeth won’t see a difference at all.
What is the teeth whitening procedure?
The team at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry offers quick but effective teeth whitening treatments right in their office. They start by taking impressions of your teeth in order to make custom trays that fit comfortably over them and provides an even result.
Once your trays are ready, the team fills them with a whitening gel that contains a bleaching agent. You’ll take your trays home and wear them for a few minutes each day as directed by your dentist.
After just the first application, you’ll see a difference in the shade of your smile. With each session thereafter, you’ll see a bit more lift until your trays are gone and your teeth are bright and sparkling.
Does teeth whitening cause any side effects?
It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully with these trays to maximize the whitening and minimize tooth sensitivity. Not everyone experiences tooth sensitivity, but the bleaching agent in the whitening gel can penetrate your enamel and irritate the nerves in your teeth.
Thankfully, that sensitivity is usually temporary. If you have to stop whitening treatments for a while due to sensitivity, you can try them again down the road.
If your teeth are looking dull or yellow, the team at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry is willing to help. For a stunning lift in the color and shine of your teeth, call the clinic or book an appointment online today.