The most common cause of superficial teeth staining is consumption of foods and beverages that cause discoloration, like coffee, tea, red wine, berries and some spices. Artificial food coloring can also contribute to staining. Eating foods high in acids like citrus fruits or sodas can exacerbate staining by temporarily softening enamel and making it easier for stains to penetrate the tooth surface.
Tobacco is also a major cause of tooth staining, resulting in yellow and brown stains primarily on front teeth where smoke particles are most likely to cling. Long-term use of some medications and certain diseases can also cause discoloration, as can trauma and root canal procedures.
The at-home bleaching kits provided by Dr. Awad are custom-made for each patient. This means the trays are form-fitted to each person's mouth and tooth shape to ensure the whitening agent reaches all the surfaces of the teeth for results that are more consistent and more effective. Plus, Dr. Awad’s kits are designed for use under professional supervision, with special whitening agents that are more effective than those available through the over-the-counter whitening kits. And finally, before your whitening treatment, Dr. Awad will exam your teeth to look for any signs of damage that should be corrected prior to whitening to help reduce the likelihood of tooth sensitivity and to help ensure the best possible results.
The dentist will thoroughly clean and prepare the teeth, including an examination. Any traces of decay or damage will need to be treated before the whitening begins. Once the patient’s teeth are ready, an innovative, light activated gel which is made from hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. This gel reacts to a special light in order to whiten teeth. To ensure that each tooth is painted will the gel evenly and exposed to the light, in the same way, the patient’s lips will be held back with a soft retainer. The light is then directed at the teeth for roughly 15 minutes. When enough time has gone by, the gel is wiped away, and the lip retainer is taken out. The whole process takes approximately 45-90 minutes depending on the degree of staining. Patients will notice brighter and whiter teeth immediately.
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