It might be surprising, but one thing that makes teeth whitening popular is that it's not permanent. This appeals especially to people who are worried they won't like the results. After all, if they give samples when you're choosing a flavor of ice cream, you should be able to try out a whiter smile too.
But if you want to give something a proper try, you should seek the best option available. That's why we offer professional-grade teeth whitening at Phinney Ridge Dental in Seattle, WA. We offer both in-office and at-home treatment options to fit your preferences. Here's what you need to know.
What Stains Do Teeth Whitening Fix?
If you feel like your teeth have lost their luster, the causes could be many. However, most tooth stains fall into two groups: extrinsic and intrinsic. Teeth whitening treatments are particularly effective against extrinsic or surface-level stains. This discoloration is caused by things like:
- Black coffee and dark-colored teas
- Red wine
- Soda and other carbonated beverages, especially cola
- Fruits like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
- Tomato sauce
- Tobacco use
Our whitening treatments' active ingredient is so strong that only dentists can use it. It removes stains by breaking them up with oxidizing action, which allows more clean tooth enamel to show through. And if you want the ideal outcome, we recommend a professional tooth cleaning before your whitening treatment so your results are even and stunning.
For Stubborn Stains
For stubborn tooth stains, such as intrinsic stains that live beneath your tooth enamel, we offer more lasting solutions. These come from cosmetic dental restorations like dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Each of these treatments covers your stained tooth surfaces with a new layer of material that matches your surrounding natural teeth.
Dental bonding is the simpler of these two options because we can complete it in one visit. We use composite resins found in tooth-colored fillings to sculpt a fresh coating that hardens for durability. Dr. Bickel can tint this material to make it a perfect match for your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are more involved as they are a solid piece of engineered ceramic that we adhere to your tooth surface for a more durable result than dental bonding. Veneers are also beautiful, with the unmatched brilliance found in porcelain restorations.
We Offer Teeth Whitening in Seattle, WA
We understand that most people want a whiter smile and that everyone faces a unique set of teeth challenges. If you've always wanted to try teeth whitening at your dentist, our team would be happy to answer your questions. We encourage you to call our Seattle dental office for more information and to set up and appointment.