Your smile can say so much! However, daily wear and tear, including colored drinks, the natural aging process, and trauma can leave teeth looking less than brilliant. Professional cleanings can restore your white smile, eliminating staining and dullness better than an at-home kit can.

Causes of Discoloration

Over time, tooth discoloration is completely natural. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Antibiotics
  • Tobacco use
  • Consuming pigmented food and drink
  • Trauma
  • Plaque and tartar buildup


How Teeth Whitening Works

Whether you receive in-office whitening or opt for at-home treatments, the principles are the same. You or your dentist will apply a special whitening agent to the teeth. This will bleach stains for a whiter and brighter smile, leaving you feeling more confident than ever!

At-Home Treatments v. In-Office Treatments

While the techniques of at-home and in-office treatments are similar, there are some major differences that may make one a more suitable option for you. During a professional treatment, your dentist will begin with cleaning your teeth. They will then skillfully apply the whitening agent, making sure to avoid gums and soft tissue. A laser light will then be directed over the agent for optimal results. This also expedites the process for whiter teeth in the quickest fashion.

However, in-office treatments are not always an option for those looking to improve their smile. At-home treatments come in all forms and strengths. You can use whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, brightening rinses, strips, and customized trays. These treatments are not as strong as those performed in-office. Also, the results are less controlled – they are not recommended for those with sensitive teeth and gums – and less dramatic.

Whether you are looking to receive in-office whitening treatments, or want more information on your at-home options, it’s imperative that you speak with our knowledgeable staff at Family & Implant Dentistry of Stuart. So, contact us today!