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By DR. CRAIG C. CALLEN
December 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Erasing years of dental stains with teeth whitening can improve your self-esteem and even help you look a little younger. Whitening is among the many dental services and treatments offered by your Mansfield, OH, dentist, Dr. Craig Callen.

Whitening easily removes stubborn stains

Using tobacco products or eating or drinking foods that contain dark or bright pigments can dull your once-bright smile. Pigments become stuck in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. Because the pores are much smaller than a toothbrush bristle, brushing your teeth doesn't offer an effective way of getting rid of stains.

Foods and drinks that can cause stains include dark berries, soy sauce, tomato sauce, pomegranates, ice pops, candy, sports drinks, dark soft drinks, red wine, tea and coffee.

Whitening treatment targets the pigments that are the source of your stains. During your whitening session in the Mansfield dental office, your dentist uses a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural whitener. The gel seeps into the pores in your enamel, breaking up and removing the dark pigments.

Professional whitening offers the most effective whitening method

Over-the-counter whitening kits offer varying results. Some may not improve your tooth color very much even after using them for weeks or months. These products contain a weaker form of hydrogen peroxide than the professional whitening gel your dentist uses. The professional formulation is much more effective in removing stains. Best of all, whitening at the dental office only takes about an hour.

Your safety and comfort are particularly important to your dentist. He'll recommend that you have a dental cleaning and exam before whitening. The cleaning removes plaque and tartar, two substances that aren't affected by hydrogen peroxide. If plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, your smile will look speckled after whitening.

The examination ensures that you don't have any cavities or other dental issues. If your dentist does notice any issues, he'll recommend scheduling your whitening session at some point after treating those dental issues.

Protecting your gums and roots helps you avoid tooth sensitivity during whitening. Your gums and roots will be coated with a special gel prior to whitening. You'll also wear plastic retractors in your mouth that prevent your mouth and lips from coming in contact with the whitener.

Do you have stained, dull teeth? Renew your smile with teeth whitening. Call your dentist in Mansfield, OH, Dr. Callen, at (419) 756-0188 to schedule your appointment.