One of the most frequently requested treatments in our Tampa Bay–Clear Water dental office in Oldsmar is teeth whitening. Our clinical strength in-office and take-home whitening options will brighten and rejuvenate your smile. The teeth-whitening agents in the systems we use will remove extrinsic stains on the surface of tooth enamel. They will not remove intrinsic stains deep inside of teeth.
Extrinsic Staining — This is the most common type of staining. It develops over time on the outer surface of the dental enamel. The changes are so gradual that you may not be aware of them until they become significant, even when you look in the mirror. This type of discoloration is usually the result of certain dark foods and beverages like berries, red wine, tea, coffee, and colas. If you use tobacco, it will also discolor your teeth. Genetics and other environmental factors contribute. The good news is that a peroxide-based whitening gel will remove these stains.
Intrinsic Staining — This type of staining lies below the top layers of tooth enamel. A tooth can become dark deep inside due to injury, tetracycline antibiotics, and excess fluoride consumption during enamel formation. Unfortunately, teeth whitening cannot reach intrinsic staining. Dr. Tran offers cosmetic treatment for this problem in the form of dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns, depending on your circumstances.
Our Whitening Products Are Highly Effective—Even for Sensitive Teeth
Teeth whitening uses peroxide gel as a whitening agent. Oxygen molecules in the gel penetrate dental enamel, breaking apart the bonds between stains. In-office professionally supervised teeth whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better than over-the-counter whitening products. Take home whitening kits will enable you to do touch-ups in the comfort of your own home.
Because teeth whitening products have become more sophisticated and there are multiple methods and products available to dentists, we clinically try different ones as they are introduced and offer ones that are most effective, safe, and affordable for our patients. Please call our office to learn about our most current whitening options.
Custom take-home whitening trays and clinical strength gels are highly effective and a proven way to whiten your teeth. If you choose this treatment, we will take impressions of your teeth and use them to craft custom whitening trays. Made of smooth plastic, the trays will be very comfortable, and they will fit securely around your teeth. We will instruct you in the proper way to fill the trays with the whitening gel we provide. You will be instructed to wear the trays for about 30 minutes a day over a period of a few days. The time it takes to bleach your teeth to the whiteness you prefer will depend on the severity of discoloration. The instructions you receive may vary, depending on tooth sensitivity and the condition of your tooth enamel.
If you are holding back from tooth whitening due to concern about tooth sensitivity, we have the answers to your questions and can help you. The at-home tooth whitening materials we provide make whitening possible even for individuals with sensitive teeth. Afterwards, teeth sensitivity may need fluoride treatment to ease and lessen sensitivity. Whitening your teeth according to Dr. Tran’s instructions will be the safest and most comfortable way to proceed. If you have significantly damaged tooth enamel, Dr. Tran can help you achieve the smile you want with alternative treatment.
Effectively Whiten Your Teeth and Brighten Your Smile
Give us a call today to learn more about our whitening options in Tampa, FL. New patients are always welcome. (813) 314-7137.