Teeth Whitening


Do you want to look your absolute best? Of course, you do! Everyone wants to look and feel great. To help accomplish this goal, then, you might be interested in cosmetic dentistry! Cosmetic dentistry is a form of dentistry that focuses on the appearance of your smile rather than worrying solely about its health. As a result, our cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the bright smile of your dreams! Note that this doesn’t always mean an involved or invasive procedure, either. Sometimes the change can be as easy and simple as having your teeth professionally whitened at our practice!

What Creates Teeth Discoloration?

When you decide to have your teeth whitened, it is generally because your teeth have become discolored in one way or another. This is no surprise and happens to everyone to varying degrees. Our teeth are in direct contact with everything we eat and drink, after all, so it should come as no shock that they tend to become discolored in the process. Some foods and drinks are worse than others, however, and it might be a good idea to keep an eye on your intake if you want your newly brightened teeth to remain white for as long as possible. Some of the worst offenders include:
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•  Coffee
•  Tea
•  Citrus
•  Acidic Food
•  Soda
•  Sweets
•  Blackberries
•  Blueberries
•  Pomegranate
•  White Wine
•  Red Wine

Are you surprised to see some of these? They all have a long and proven history of discoloring teeth, so make sure that you consume in moderation.

Removing Discoloration with Teeth Whitening

Now that we know what foods to avoid and which ones to eat to keep our teeth bright let’s talk about teeth whitening! As the name so aptly suggests, teeth whitening is the process of brightening up your teeth. This is usually done through the use of strong regents that are applied to your teeth to remove the discoloration that has built up over time. Note that while these materials are quite strong, having your teeth whitened in our office is preferred to home whitening because we can help protect your gums and the rest of your mouth in our office while your teeth whiten.

How Effective Is Teeth Whitening?

While certain kinds of stains are more responsive than others, in general teeth whitening is incredibly effective. Sometimes your teeth might even become up to ten shades brighter in a single treatment! You can leave our office with teeth that are dramatically bright and white, in other words, even if they are fairly discolored before we start the treatment. Note that any good teeth whitening system continues at home, where approved teeth whitening products should be used to help protect your teeth and keep them looking great.

For more information about our teeth whitening systems and how they can help your smile look its best, contact Pickens Family Dentistry today at (360) 447-6355!
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Pickens Family Dentistry


7508 NE Vancouver Mall Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662

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