Teeth Whitening

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Fort Myers, FL
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Teeth Whitening

If your teeth are not as bright or white as they used to be, teeth whitening can help. David M. Martinez, DMD, of First Street Family Dentistry in Fort Myers, Florida, can boost the shade of your smile in just one short visit. Online scheduling offers an easy way to schedule a visit, or you can always call during normal business hours to check appointment availability.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What are the causes of tooth discoloration?

Many factors can cause your teeth to lose some of their brightness. The primary cause is the aging process and the way your teeth are structured. Only the thin, outermost layer of hard tissue called enamel is naturally white in color. Just beneath is a layer of dentin, a hard tissue that is naturally yellow. 

As time passes, some of your enamel wears away. That reveals more of the dentin, creating a yellowed tint on some or all of your teeth. 

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Smoking or other tobacco use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Food and drinks that stain, like berries, tea, or coffee
  • Exposure to high levels of fluoride
  • Traumatic injury
  • Certain medications

If you notice changes in the appearance of your teeth, professional teeth whitening can help restore a white and bright smile. 

How does teeth whitening work?

In-office teeth whitening uses a powerful whitening solution to break apart stains and reveal a whiter smile. Your dentist begins by isolating your tongue and other soft tissues before painting the solution on the surfaces of your teeth. 

Some systems rely on a special light to activate the whitening solution; others only need to remain in place for a period of time to whiten teeth. Then, your dentist rinses away all traces of the whitening solution to reveal your newly brightened smile. 

Some minor sensitivity is normal for a day or two after professional whitening. Over-the-counter pain medication can reduce these sensations. 

How can I maintain my results after teeth whitening?

In-office whitening can boost your smile by as many as eight shades during just one quick visit. Once you see your results, you’ll want to do all you can to maintain your bright smile. 

Begin by assessing your dietary choices. You can still enjoy red wine, coffee, tea, berries, and other staining foods, but a quick rinse or brushing afterward can reduce your risk of staining. 

If  you smoke, try to find a smoking cessation program that works for you. You’ll not only preserve your smile, but also enhance your dental and overall health and wellness. 

Coming in for routine dental exams and professional cleanings helps keep your teeth shining and bright. Every six months is the best schedule for most, so reach out to the practice if you need to book a dental exam or professional teeth whitening visit. Call the office or book online.