Teeth Whitening Tampa, FL

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. And when you invest in a teeth whitening system from your Tampa dentist, you can trust that you will end up with a brighter, more attractive smile in less time and in the safest manner possible.

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What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Several factors can contribute to tooth discoloration – from medications you take to the foods you eat. There are two main types of dental stain: Extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains respond to professional teeth whitening, and in some cases, to over-the-counter whitening options as well.

Extrinsic Stains

Extrinsic stains are those that are on the exterior of the tooth. These types of stains are caused by foods and beverages such as:

  • Coffee
  • Tea (black and green)
  • Wine (red and white)
  • Berries
  • Acidic foods (like tomatoes)
  • Soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks (even clear-colored ones)

Smoking and chewing tobacco, as well as smoking marijuana, can also cause extrinsic stains. Additionally, poor oral hygiene can contribute to extrinsic staining of the teeth.

Intrinsic Stains

Intrinsic stains are stains inside the tooth, below the enamel. These stains are caused by certain medications, medications taken by a pregnant woman (like tetracycline, which can cause staining in her child’s teeth), and trauma.

When a tooth experiences trauma, the pulp (nerve) can die, causing the tooth to turn dark. After root canal therapy, it may be possible to brighten the tooth from the inside out. However, this isn’t always successful, and often, a crown is necessary to improve the tooth’s appearance and provide strength and structure.

Professional Teeth Whitening Options from Your Tampa Dentist

There are two standard methods for whitening your teeth. Talk to your Tampa dentist about which one is best for your needs and goals.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Do you want instant results? Then, in-office teeth whitening might be your best bet!

An in-office professional teeth whitening appointment takes about 45-60 minutes. Our team will clean your teeth, cover the gums, and isolate your teeth during your visit. Then, we’ll apply a specialized whitening gel to your teeth and activate the gel with a UV light. We apply the gel up to four times (once every 15 minutes) for the best results.

When the procedure is complete, we’ll remove the gel and barriers around your gums – and then, you’re free to go.

Patients can expect to see their teeth whiten up to eight shades brighter than their original shade when they choose in-office professional teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

If you like whitening in the privacy of your own home and at a time that’s most convenient for your schedule, you might be interested in our at-home teeth whitening system.

Your Tampa dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create models of your teeth. We can then create custom whitening trays using those models. You’ll wear the trays over your teeth with a small amount of whitening gel inside each tooth.

You can wear the whitening trays for 30 minutes to a couple of hours each day. You won’t see results as quickly as you would with the in-office whitening, but you should recognize the results after a week. It can take a few weeks to reach your ultimate whitening goal.

Our team will provide you with a professional whitening gel of between 15% and 35%, depending on your history of sensitivity. If you experience any sensitivity, we can also provide you with a desensitizing gel.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Tampa – The Healthy Way to Brighten Your Smile

Our professional-grade systems, products, and technology will help you get faster results than you will get from over-the-counter whitening options. Our systems are also safer and result in less sensitivity. If you want a brighter smile, choose the safest, most effective option: Professional whitening from your Tampa dentist.

Are you ready for a brighter smile? Contact us to schedule your teeth whitening appointment right away!

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