Stained teeth can affect your confidence in business and social situations. Dr. Roland E. Vanaria and Dr. Tijana Stijacic in Newton, Massachusetts, offer teeth whitening services that will get you eager to show off your smile again. They utilize an advanced machine called Lumibrite that creates customized trays for take-home whitening treatments. Call or book an appointment online at their practice, Roland E. Vanaria, DDS, MAGD, to explore the options to reverse stained teeth.
What kinds of whitening systems are there?
A variety of whitening systems exist to provide users with options, some over-the-counter and some you can obtain from a dentist. In addition to whitening toothpaste, over-the-counter solutions include strips, trays, gels, and rinses.
If you are looking for the fastest method to get rid of stains, an in-office treatment is the best route. The whitening product is applied directly to your teeth and combined with heat and special lighting.
Your dentist may also have a Lumibrite machine that makes trays customized for your teeth so you can bring the whitening system home. Customized trays provide an ideal fit, maximizing the contact between the whitening solution and your teeth and minimizing contact with the soft tissues in your mouth. The Lumibrite machine can also make custom mouthguards for athletics or night guards for grinding.
How long do whitening effects last?
While whitening systems work best on natural teeth, the effects are not permanent. Naturally, exposing your teeth to certain foods and beverages will gradually reverse the effects of whitening. Constant exposure can lead to fading in as little as one month, but avoiding food and drinks that are prone to staining can sustain whiteness for about a year or even longer.
Who should avoid whitening procedures?
There are certain circumstances in which whitening is not recommended:
- Children under the age of 16
- Pregnant or lactating women
- Anyone with sensitive teeth or gums
- Anyone with receding gums
- Anyone with an allergy to peroxide
- Anyone experiencing gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, or exposed roots
- Anyone with tooth fillings, crowns, or other restorations: As they don’t whiten
- Anyone with darkly stained teeth: May not whiten
There are also risks once you have undergone the whitening process. Common side effects include tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, although both are usually temporary and disappear on their own.