Whiter Teeth Beyond the Red Wine

Teeth WhiteningNo one wants stained teeth. But in Oregon, we like our lattes, our red wine, and our blackberries, and all of these tasty offerings conspire to stain our teeth. But you don’t have to swear off all the good stuff to have whiter teeth; you simply need to see Dr. Miller for our in-home whitening program.

Why teeth stain

Foods and drinks are the main culprits behind staining. This is because the enamel on our teeth is porous. It may seem rock hard, but it allows some give and take through the enamel to keep the teeth healthy. So, when you eat some fresh blackberries you came across on a hike on Mount Hood, some of the color may stain on your teeth.

Otherwise, our tooth color is unique, just like our fingerprints. Some people have somewhat darker, or more yellow, teeth than others. Smoking also darkens teeth, as does the simple passage of time.

In office versus at home

You sometimes see ads for “in-office whitening” that claim remarkable results in just a single visit. Dr. Miller has researched these options but doesn’t believe they are any more effective than the custom at-home whitening program we provide. Plus, he’s not a fan of the harsh hydrogen peroxide solutions used in these in-office treatments, as they can lead to tooth discomfort. And the prices they charge are out of line.

He prefers our in-home whitening. We like to have you do this whitening either directly after or relatively close to one of your twice-yearly cleanings with us. This is because tartar can affect the color of your teeth, so it’s best to whiten them after we remove your built-up tartar.

The first step is to take impressions of your teeth. We then use those impressions to create custom trays for your teeth. Why is this important? A custom tray ensures the fit on your teeth, which maximizes the contact between the tooth surface and the whitening gel. Once your trays are done, we provide you with our professional-strength whitening gel to fill the trays. We then go through the instructions on how to do your whitening at home. Then you simply wear the trays for 20 minutes a day for about one week. Voila — bright, beautiful smile.

How white will they become?

You’ve heard claims of whitening “up to nine shades.” Those are dubious at best. Usually, a change of two to three shades will make a significant difference in your smile. The goal is to achieve optimum whiteness while still looking natural.

Want to whiten that smile? Call Dr. Miller at 503-640-9310 and ask about our at-home whitening.

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