Are yellowed, discolored teeth impacting the look of your smile? Do you have a single stained tooth?
If you want to effectively brighten yellowed, darkened, or discolored teeth, try professional teeth whitening treatment.
Unlike store-bought gels, strips, and toothpaste, professional whitening treatments can help you get results that match your cosmetic dental goals.
Dr. Sheryl Jenicke offers GLO® teeth whitening treatment at Brilliant Smiles Family Dentistry in Cadillac, MI.
What Causes Tooth Stains?
There are many possible causes of tooth discoloration and staining:
- Foods and Drinks: Some foods and drinks contain chromogens, compounds that easily dye the outer layer of the teeth, also known as the enamel.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth if you do not brush and floss enough. Dental plaque is a sticky bacterial film that can make teeth appear yellow, while tartar is the hardened form of plaque.
- Medications: Antihistamines, antipsychotics, and other medications can have tooth discoloration as a side effect. Please let us know if you take any medications with this side effect so we can help address your discoloration.
- Dental Injuries: If you have chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth, you can notice that your tooth has turned a different color. Even if you don’t have a visible injury, hits to the teeth can create discoloration.
- Fluorosis: Fluorosis is a condition in which your body has been exposed to too much fluoride. In normal doses, fluoride is a healthy compound that promotes strong teeth and has the ability to fight cavities and other problems. However, fluorosis occurs when fluoride-containing toothpaste or rinses are swallowed. Fluorosis can create abnormally darkened or stained teeth.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Tooth Stains
Tooth stains may be intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic stains occur when stains build up within the enamel, while extrinsic stains are on the tooth’s surface.
We will recommend dental veneers, tooth bonding treatment, and even a dental crown for patients with intrinsic stains. These treatments fully cover teeth and protect injured teeth from further damage.
GLO Teeth Whitening Treatment in Cadillac, MI
We provide in-office and take-home treatment with GLO teeth whitening. This whitening treatment uses heat and light to activate ingredients like hydrogen peroxide in a whitening gel.
The take-home GLO whitening kit consists of lip treatment, gel, and a whitening tray connected to the whitening device that cures the active ingredients in the gel.
To warm up the device, press the GLO button in the center of the device. This kit also has a string to place the system close to your body.
First, apply the lip treatment to ensure that your lips stay moist. Then, you place the GLO vial whitening gel on the teeth and place the thread around your neck.
Once you place the whitening tray over your teeth, you will press the button on the machine once more. This machine releases light and heat to ensure that the active ingredients in the gel penetrate the enamel.
After 8 minutes, the machine will beep and blink. For the best results, we recommend GLO treatment in four 8-minute applications per day.
Brighten Your Natural Smile
Call Brilliant Smiles Family Dentistry at 231-389-6388 or request your next dental appointment with Dr. Jenicke on our website today.