Do you have yellowed, discolored teeth? Contact Dr. E. Taylor Meiser for professional teeth whitening treatment in Annapolis, MD. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can help reverse years of tooth stains. Discolored, stained, and yellowed teeth are often caused by injuries, tobacco use, or certain foods and beverages. At Lighthouse Family Dentistry, we offer teeth whitening options that can address these problems to create a healthier and brighter smile.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
There are multiple common causes of discolored teeth, including:
- Tobacco: Over time, smoking, vaping, or using tobacco products can stain the teeth. Nicotine yellows the tooth’s enamel and can cause deep stains.
- Foods and beverages: Common causes of tooth stains are foods and beverages that contain chromogens. Chromogens are staining pigments that can be found in coffee, wine, tea, tomatoes, and berries. A routine oral hygiene routine can help lessen staining, in conjunction with a whitening treatment.
- Injury or Tooth Wear: Patients who chip or break a tooth may notice that it appears discolored. Additionally, worn teeth can be discolored as the enamel wears away. This is because of dentin, the dark under-layer beneath the tooth enamel. We often recommend veneers or tooth bonding to cover this type of tooth discoloration.
Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?
Compared to over-the-counter whitening solutions, whitening overseen by a dental professional can provide real results. Over-the-counter whitening strips, toothpaste, and gels often do not penetrate the tooth enamel. Alternatively, they can increase tooth sensitivity and cause discomfort.
Store-bought whitening trays also are not customized to conform to everyone’s individual smile. With professional whitening treatment, Dr. Meiser takes the needs of each patient into account. He can customize their treatment depending on their sensitivity for comfortable yet effective care.
In-Office and Take-Home Teeth Whitening at our Dentist Office
Dr. Meiser offers both in-office and take-home whitening treatment to patients at Lighthouse Family Dentistry. For in-office whitening treatment, Dr. Meiser isolates the teeth while covering the gums. This ensures that the gums are not irritated by the whitening agents. Then, he applies the customized whitening gel to the tooth enamel. He removes the gel after it has penetrated the enamel. Patients who want instant results benefit from this type of whitening. We also recommend in-office whitening for patients who are attending special events, including graduations, weddings, and birthdays.
Take-home whitening treatment offers a convenient and comfortable alternative for patients who want to whiten their teeth at home. However, patients will still need to visit our office for impressions. Using dental impressions, we can provide patients with customized whitening trays. Once the custom trays are complete, we provide patients with a whitening kit that includes the trays and a whitening gel.
Brighten Your Smile in Annapolis Today
Do you want to whiten your discolored teeth? Call Dr. Meiser today at 410-324-7287 or schedule a dental appointment with him on our website. Please let Dr. Meiser or a member of his team know if you have tooth sensitivity concerns. They will help customize whitening treatment to your needs and goals.