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By David Cooley, DDS
January 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

If you have stained, yellow, or discolored teeth, nothing can give you a confidence boost like transforming your smile with teeth whitening. With the help of Dr. David Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI, teeth whitening can be one of the fastest and most effective ways to take teeth whiteningyears off your appearance, brighten your face, and lift your self esteem.

Reasons for Tooth Staining

Not all tooth staining comes from the food you eat. Some other reasons your teeth may not be as bright as they once were are:

  • Tobacco Use

  • Certain Medications

  • Injuries

  • Tooth decay

  • Aging

It's important to know why your teeth have become stained. If the discoloration is caused by decay or injury, your dentist will need to treat that problem first or whitening won't work.

Types of Teeth Whitening

  • Professional Whitening

Cosmetic dentists offer in-office teeth whitening that can brighten your teeth up to ten shades in just one short office visit. With this method, your Kalamazoo dentist applies very strong whitening gel to your teeth but protects your gums and the rest of your mouth from the whitening agents. These sessions usually take just about an hour, and afterwards your dentist will send you home with a whitening kit for maintenance of your beautiful new smile.

  • At-Home Whitening

Your local drug store carries many at-home tooth whitening systems which are inexpensive. Most are easy relatively easy to use and come in various forms such as gels that are painted on the teeth, strips applied to the teeth, or trays filled with gel that your teeth fit into.

Though this method may be less expensive, at-home methods are not as safe or as effective as a professional whitening session. Some at-home whitening methods may be too harsh and can also cause damage to teeth and gums. Always consult with your dentist before beginning an at-home whitening routine so they can check the health of your teeth.

Dr. David Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI offers in-office teeth whitening to restore your smile to its natural glory. Schedule an appointment today to professionally whiten and brighten your smile.