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Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Remove Yellow Stains from Teeth

Most individuals will experience some degree of yellowing or discoloration on the teeth at some point in life. Even if you have taken excellent care of your teeth and do all the right things to maintain the best possible oral health, factors both within your control and outside your control can cause the teeth to develop a progressively yellow appearance. The natural aging process, tobacco use, and consuming common foods and beverages that contain staining agents over many years are factors that are largely responsible for this effect. With that in mind, it’s important to know that dental stains and discoloration can be successfully improved with advanced treatments designed to refresh and renew your smile with beautiful results.

Here are two of the most popular (and effective) ways to address signs of yellow stains on the teeth:

Teeth Whitening
Professional-grade teeth whitening treatments can provide significant improvement for teeth affected by mild to moderate levels of discoloration. An in-office procedure involves the application of powerful (yet safe) whitening agents to address stains that have developed deep within the enamel over a long period of time. A professional teeth whitening treatment at Scottsdale Smile Center is capable of making the teeth several shades lighter, ultimately reducing signs of discoloration and creating a whiter, healthier-looking smile. Our take-home kits can also provide effective teeth whitening, and contain stronger whitening agents when compared to many of the standard over-the-counter products available.

Porcelain Veneers
Some individuals may have particularly severe staining and discoloration of the teeth. In these cases, porcelain veneers can often serve as the ideal treatment option. Porcelain veneers are custom-designed dental restorations that are securely placed over the front and sides of the affected teeth. They are made to look exactly like natural teeth, and will ultimately serve to “hide” the stains behind cosmetic restorations that are color-tinted to produce a more refreshed look. Porcelain veneers can be exceptional options for patients with significantly noticeable yellowing and dark stains that have formed on the teeth, and they can last for decades with the proper care.

Both porcelain veneer treatments and teeth whitening procedures can be effective options on their own, or they can be part of a full smile makeover for comprehensive cosmetic dental rejuvenation. If you feel your smile has been aesthetically compromised by discoloration, please contact our dentists today to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to talk with you about the best options for your needs and goals.

How Long Will My Teeth Whitening Results Last?

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Following an Opalescence® Boost teeth whitening treatment offered here at Scottsdale Smile Center, results typically last anywhere from six months to one year, depending on one’s personal habits and commitment to proper oral hygiene. People who drink lots of tea, coffee, red wine, and other high-staining beverages may start to see yellowing and/or other tooth discolorations quicker than those who don’t drink these types of liquids on a regular basis. The same can be said for individuals whose diet consists of high-staining foods like blackberries and blueberries, as well as for those who smoke and/or use tobacco quite frequently. As a result, it is vital to not only pay close attention to what you eat and drink, but also to make sure you are brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist to combat the appearance of staining and help prolong the results of your whitening treatment.

An additional piece of advice for increasing the longevity of your whitening results is to perform ongoing maintenance and periodic touch-up care. To assist with this, our dentists – Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs – offer an at-home teeth whitening treatment that allows you to brighten your smile at your own convenience. This effective technique consists of a specialized whitening gel and fitted trays that can be worn at night until you achieve your desired shade of white.

Ultimately, the effects of teeth whitening will be unique to every individual, but the best tips for maintaining your preferred shade for as long as possible include being mindful of what food and drinks you consume, staying committed to proper oral care, and talking to your dentist about any at-home touch-up treatments that can be employed later down the road.

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

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With the wide variety of teeth whitening products available today, deciding whether to go with an over-the-counter technique or visit the dentist for professional treatment can be a tough choice to make. Though both options have shown to reduce stains and brighten teeth for many people, a few dissimilarities exist between over-the-counter and professional-grade teeth whitening that may shed some light on which approach could help you best achieve the vibrant smile you desire.

According to our dentists – Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti – teeth whitening treatments performed in-office by a qualified dental professional often have the following advantages over store-bought methods:

  • A more powerful bleaching formula for quicker, often brighter results
  • Treatment can be customized based on the individual’s unique needs and desires
  • A more controlled application process that can help minimize gum irritation
  • Expert care of a skilled dentist and his/her staff, which can help improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of treatment

In the end, this is not to say over-the-counter whitening products cannot help someone brighten the shade of their teeth – many women and men have attained excellent results with these methods. However, to help make certain an optimal color and overall whitening outcome is achieved in the safest, most effective manner possible, the best option is typically to receive professional treatment from an experienced dental care provider.

Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers

shutterstock_136158827Brightening the shade of your teeth can be one of the fastest and easiest ways to enhance the overall appearance of your smile. Both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers procedures can effectively lighten the shade of your teeth and eliminate stains for a more vibrant, radiant smile.

At Scottsdale Smile Center, our bleaching and teeth whitening treatments involve the use of fitted trays and a professional grade whitening gel that you can wear as you sleep. Most patients see significant results in just two to four weeks. As an added benefit, teeth whitening can be one of the most cost-effective ways to boost the radiance of your smile.

Dental veneers can brighten your teeth by concealing any stains or discoloration with a thin layer of durable porcelain. In addition to the whitening benefits, porcelain veneers have the ability to improve the appearance of many other tooth imperfections, such as cracks, chips, gaps, damage, and even slight misalignments.

During the consultation process, one of our experienced cosmetic dentists – Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs – can help you determine which procedure may best meet your individual goals. To learn more about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation at our office, please contact us today.