Staining, aging, or chemical damage can cause tooth enamel to become discolored. Some of the more common causes of staining are medications (such as Tetracycline), coffee, tea, cigarettes and cola drinks.
To remove discoloration, the tooth enamel must be whitened. There are two basic categories of teeth whitening procedures used to whiten enamel. They are in-office procedures and at-home procedures.
In-Office techniques typically take just one office visit, after which there will be a very dramatic, sudden change of color. In-Office techniques involve a translucent bleaching gel which is applied to the teeth, followed by the application of a special activating light.
The teeth whitening procedure typically takes about two hours, although times may vary based on the degree of discoloration you may have.
The In-Home technique is a more gradual process than in-office procedures, with results usually finalizing in about one to two weeks.
Tooth whitening is a relatively simple cosmetic dental procedure. If you have discolored or stained teeth you should know that a dazzling whiter smile can be literally only hours away!
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