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Teeth Whitening

Over time, everyone’s teeth start to turn brown and become stained. Depending on your daily habits, this process may happen very quickly. Dark, stained teeth often make people feel self-conscious and uncomfortable with their smile.

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Thankfully, you don’t have to live with discolored teeth! At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we are happy to offer professional whitening treatments to brighten your smile and restore your confidence!

Why Are My Teeth Changing Color?

Tooth discoloration happens to everyone. For some, this process happens slowly over time. For others, their teeth might start getting darker over just a few months or years. The things a person eats and drinks, the types of medications they are taking, and even their genetics can all play a role in causing stains and discoloration.

  • Some common causes of staining include:
  • Coffee, wine, soft drinks, and tea
  • Foods with strong dyes
  • Some medications
  • Tobacco
  • Poor hygiene
  • Genetics

Tobacco, tea, and coffee are three of the most common culprits. Those who smoke, or drink several cups of tea or coffee every day, often suffer from very stained teeth.

Before and after teeth whitening

Can A Professional Whitening Treatment Help Everyone?

There are two main types of tooth stains – intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic stains develop internally. They make your teeth look grey or blue. Because these types of stains come from inside your teeth, whitening may not be the best option. In this case, Dr. Desatnik may recommend another cosmetic option such as bonding or veneers.

Extrinsic stains are caused by outside sources like foods, drinks, and tobacco. These stains are the most common and can be easily treated with professional whitening tools!

Can I Use an Over-the-Counter Whitener?

Most whiteners use peroxide to brighten teeth. Many drug stores and supermarkets sell of-the-counter whitening strips, toothpaste, and gels. Store-bought products typically contain 6% peroxide. Although they claim to offer quick, amazing results – these products are usually ineffective and expensive.

At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we use professional treatments to brighten our patients’ smiles. Our teeth whitening treatments are fast, easy, and effective!

How Long Does the Process Take?

With just one whitening treatment, you will notice a difference in your teeth’s appearance. Depending on the severity of the stains, Dr. Desatnik may recommend more treatments to achieve the brightness you want.

How Long Will My Whitening Treatment Last?

The longevity of your treatment depends entirely on your oral hygiene and personal habits. For instance, if you smoke and drink coffee several times a day, your treatment may not last as long. In general, whitening treatments can last anywhere from several months to a few years.

To maintain your new, whiter smile, we recommend brushing at least twice a day with whitening toothpaste.

If you would like to learn more about how teeth whitening treatments can enhance your smile, call our office at 216-464-9800. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation!

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