Stained and discolored teeth should not prevent you from openly smiling or having a hearty laugh. Not when you could have your teeth whitened at the dental office of the cosmetic dentist in Orange Park, FL that more people trust with their smiles. Dr. Nawrocki and his staff know that the appearance of your smile is just as important to you as the healthy condition of your teeth and gums. That’s why we offer two different types of teeth whitening in Orange Park.
Why Do Teeth Become Stained and Discolored?
Teeth are white because the outer layer of enamel is mostly composed of calcium, which is naturally white in color. However, enamel is not perfectly white and usually contains shades of gray or yellow, too. Moreover, enamel is translucent, so the layer underneath the enamel, called dentin, also influences the color of your teeth. As enamel thins over the years, the darker and more yellow color of dentin shows through more.
In addition—and you probably already know this—teeth can become discolored because of stains to the enamel surface. Coffee, tea, cola, red wine, grape juice, tomato sauce and many other beverages and foods can stain your teeth. The nicotine in smoking and chewing tobacco can also darken your smile.
These are all called extrinsic stains because they occur on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains or discoloration happen as a result of yellowing or darkening to the dentin layer. This can happen as a result of:
- Excessive fluoride exposure during tooth development
- Certain antibiotics such as tetracycline or some types of chemotherapy and radiation
- Traumatic injury that causes bleeding inside a tooth
Teeth Whitening in Orange Park
Dr. Nawrocki offers patients two types of teeth whitening. For dramatic results in about an hour there is Opalescence Boost®. This professional whitening system uses a 40 percent power-bleaching solution to remove both extrinsic as well as intrinsic stains. In addition, Opalescence Boost contains potassium nitrate and fluoride to reduce the tooth sensitivity that some people experience after whitening their teeth. And unlike some other popular whitening systems, Opalescence Boost is chemically activated, so you don’t have to sit under a special light to enjoy a whiter smile.
Some people, on the other hand, are not in such a hurry to have a whiter smile. In this case, Dr. Nawrocki also offers an at home whitening treatment. With this, you are given custom fitted mouth trays and professional grade bleaching gel. Fill the trays with gel and wear them for the length of time Dr. Nawrocki instructs. You’ll see a whiter smile in a matter of days or in a couple of weeks.
Call the Cosmetic Dentist in Orange Park Today
For teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dentistry service, contact the dental office of Dr. Matthew Nawrocki in Orange Park, FL.