Brighten Your Smile
Practically everyone starts life with naturally white teeth, which come with a thick layer of bright enamel. Years of wear and tear from biting, chewing, and consuming substances can yellow and stain teeth. Aging and other occurrences can also cause discoloration to teeth as the enamel surface wears thin and exposes the dark, inner dentin of the tooth core.
Dr. Brei and his staff offer a wide array of teeth whitening options. From simple cleaning to bleaching, we offer both in-office and take-home professional whitening treatments to help you achieve a bright smile. If for some reason your particular tooth whitening situation cannot be met through cleaning or bleaching, Dr. Brei can also provide you with a brand new smile through other options such as veneers or crowns.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Teeth can become discolored through two types of staining known as extrinsic and intrinsic.
Occur on the surface of teeth. This type of staining is due to dark substances that are consumed and stain the outer enamel covering of the teeth or settle into multiple micro-cracks created by daily wear through biting and chewing. Because of the superficial nature of extrinsic stains, they can be easily removed as long as they are treated early and regularly.
Occur on the inner portion of the teeth. They can occur through malformations during the growing process, ingesting too much fluoride, and trauma, as well as naturally through the aging process. Prolonged teeth whitening treatments can sometimes remove intrinsic stains, or discolored teeth can be fit with veneers or crowns.
Whiten Your Smile
Dr. Brei and his staff offer a wide array of teeth whitening options. From simple cleaning to bleaching, we offer both in-office and take-home professional whitening treatments to help you achieve the stunning smile you desire.
Quite often, the best method for whitening teeth in a short period of time is to have the procedure done in-office. During the in-office teeth whitening process, Dr. Brei and his staff will protect your gums with a brush-on rubber substance. A peroxide gel of a high concentration is then applied to your teeth and allowed to remain on for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. This peroxide application process is repeated several times for up to an hour in total. People with excessively stained teeth may need to repeat the bleaching process one or more times, or utilize a professional in-home whitening kit.
Professional In-Home Whitening Kits
Dr. Brei may also recommend that an in-home whitening system be used. Such kits can only be dispensed by a professional and whiten teeth over a longer period of time. Take-home kits for teeth whitening contain a peroxide gel which is of a much lower concentration than that used in-office. This low-concentration peroxide gel is applied via an included bleaching tray that is left on the teeth for an hour or longer, or even overnight.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Kits
Store-bought bleaching kits contain very low concentrations of peroxide gels and can take a long time to achieve results. However, Dr. Brei may recommend such over-the-counter kits to maintain whiteness of teeth after the initial in-office or professional in-home kit treatments have been performed. If your teeth are only minimally stained, these store-bought kits are inexpensive and convenient methods of teeth whitening.