Tooth Whitening and White Spot Treatment

Do you love coffee and tea, but hate the troublesome yellow and brown stains associated with drinking them? At Shiflett Family Dental, we understand how frustrating it can be to deal with these discolorations. The good news is we are here to help! We offer a variety of whitening options and can give you the brighter, whiter smile you’ve been looking for.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

Stained teeth are very common and are the result of several different things. Tooth discoloration can come from foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, soda, berries, and red sauces. Staining is also the result of some medications or certain lifestyle choices and habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco.

When a tooth has a stain, it can be either extrinsic (on the outside surface) or intrinsic (incorporated into the tooth structure). As you can imagine, the surface (extrinsic) stains are much easier to eliminate than internal (intrinsic) stains.

The whitening gel used for teeth contains either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This ingredient reacts with the dark-colored molecules, releasing their bond with the tooth. Extrinsic stains are treated very well with whitening gels, and some intrinsic stains can be too. Dr. Shiflett will discuss your options with you when you come to see us for tooth whitening in Clintonville, but a short explanation of what we offer is listed below.

Custom Take-Home Whitening

The most popular tooth whitening option we have at Shiflett Family Dental is our custom take-home whitening kit. For this choice, our team will take molds (called impressions) of your upper and lower teeth. Using those impressions, we will make a custom set of clear, comfortable trays. A very small amount of prescription-strength whitening gel will be inserted in these trays to whiten all of those dark, unsightly areas.

For our custom whitening trays, the treatment time is typically two weeks. It is important to note that we recommend brushing with a toothpaste designed to treat sensitivity (such as Sensodyne) for two weeks prior to starting treatment. Your team at Shiflett Family Dental in Clintonville will instruct you on proper wear, care, and use of the trays based on your specific needs. 

The custom tray option is great because it fits your teeth specifically, and offers the ability for maintenance whitening in the future. You will undoubtedly develop more staining from your eating and drinking habits over time, so the ability to perform touch-ups is extremely beneficial. You can purchase whitening gel refills from us to use periodically to keep your smile constantly bright and beautiful.

Universal Take-Home Tooth Whitening

Another great whitening option for our patients is Opalescence Go. Opalescence Go consists of universal trays with prescription strength whitening gel built-in. They are comfortable, effective, and easy to use. Opalescence Go trays are perfect for both initial and maintenance whitening. Treatment times are five to ten days, depending on the type of stain and discoloration being treated. As with any whitening option, Dr. Shiflett recommends using a sensitivity reducing toothpaste for two weeks prior to starting treatment.

ICON White Spot Treatment in Clintonville

Do you have white spots on your teeth that you find bothersome? Shiflett Family Dental can help with that! In many cases, ICON white spot treatment can reduce or eliminate your white spots entirely.

White spots can arise for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Less than ideal tooth development
  • Demineralization from the beginning of a cavity
  • From orthodontic treatment with braces

Most commonly, teenagers who have had their braces removed will notice the white spots in and around where their brackets were placed. These white spots are due to the demineralization of the tooth’s enamel, which is an early stage of a cavity. Over time, these white spots can progress into cavities, requiring a filling or more invasive treatment.

ICON white spot treatment is a great, conservative option to reduce or reverse annoying white spots, and can help prevent more expensive work in the future.

To learn more about tooth whitening and white spot treatment in Columbus, OH, call our knowledgeable team at (614)-262-1807.