Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.

Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth's enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. These are called external stains because they start from the outside and penetrate into a tooth. Good brushing and flossing help to reduce these stains. Also, when you get your teeth cleaned here, we polish your teeth with a mildly abrasive paste, which is OK to use once in a while, but too abrasive to use every day.

Another type of stain, one that can be caused by traumatic injuriy, medication or fluorosis, is called an internal stain since they begin inside the tooth and show through the translucent enamel shell of the tooth. Brushing and flossing will have no effect on these types of stains. 

More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging, stain causing foods and tobacco.

Commercially available "whitening toothpastes" have a very limited effect at removing stains since they are on the teeth only as long as you are brushing them (a few minutes a day), and other products contain substances that are too abrasive to use daily and can actually wear away your tooth's enamel.

Whitening agents actually change the color of your natural teeth, and are more effective on certain types of stains than others. They work really well on yellow shades, and work, but take longer to lighten brown or gray shades.  These products will not change the color of dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. It is always recommended to be evaluated to see if you are a good candidate to bleaching prior to doing it.

Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last several years. Over-the-counter whitening systems are less effective, and lack the custom made tray that is made specifically for you, using a one-size-fits-all tray or a rectangular strip that doen't fit the contours of teeth very well.