When minor surface stains are not addressed and removed in a timely manner, they will inevitably start to penetrate deeper and deeper into the tooth enamel. In time, this could leave you with a dull, yellow smile that can’t be effectively whitened by the whitening products sold on store shelves.
For teeth this severely afflicted with stains, you will need to seek professional whitening measures. Fortunately, Dr. Sam Cigno can perform a dental bleaching treatment to safely restore your white smile.
The professional-strength dental bleach he uses is very potent. So, he will take measures to protect your gums by installing a soft rubber dam or by applying a protective gel before the dental bleaching treatment.
Your dentist will then pour a small amount of the concentrated bleaching gel into a tray that is inserted into your mouth. It will need to be held in place for a few minutes. The total duration of the treatment will vary depending on the severity of your tooth stains.
Once this is completed, he might use a special ultraviolet light to brighten any troubled spots and improve the luster of your smile.
After your white smile has been fully restored, you might want to consider cutting back on dark foods and beverages to prevent future stains. Brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association could also help remove future surface stains.
If you are interested in restoring your white smile with a whitening treatment in St. Louis, Missouri, you should call 314-741-5133 to set up an appointment at Bellefontaine Family Dental.