Shawn L. Thompson, DDS, Inc.
(418) 287 - 3205

Teeth Whitening

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Brighten Your Smile:
Whitening Options

We want to help you look and feel your best when it comes to your smile. Talk to your hygienist or Dr. Shawn at your next appointment about our at-home teeth whitening treatment kits for purchase. No special lights required, just pop the tray into your mouth and start creating a beautiful smile.

If you're ready to boost your self-confidence and show off your pearly-whites, get started on a teeth-whitening regimen that works, contact us today.

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Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Your teeth become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes inside the tooth. There are three main types of tooth discoloration:

  1. Extrinsic stains are discoloration to the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel). Coffee, wine, cola, and other drinks or foods do this. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains.

  2. Intrinsic stains are darkening within the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin). A variety of factors cause this type of discoloration:

    • Too much exposure to fluoride during early childhood.
    • Tetracycline antibiotic use by your mother in the second half of pregnancy.
    • Tetracycline antibiotics use during your childhood.
    • Traumatic damages to your tooth during childhood.
    • Trauma that causes internal bleeding in a permanent tooth.
    • A rare condition called dentinogenesis imperfecta that causes gray, amber or purple discolorations.
  3. Age-related stains that combine of extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Dentin yellows over time and tooth enamel becomes thinner with age. Foods and smoking stains build up over time, and tooth injuries cause discoloration.

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Keep Your New Smile White

The remarkable results of your teeth-whitening treatment will not last forever.

Your glossy new glow fades in one month if you regularly expose your teeth to foods and drinks that stain. Coffee, tea, and red wine are the main culprits. But what if you enjoy these beverages? If that is the case, we recommend you use a straw when you drink them. It allows the liquid to bypass your front teeth and avoid stains.

Follow these tips to maintain the longevity of your whitened smile:

  • Brush or rinse immediately after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
  • Floss at least once per day.
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once per day.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste no more than once or twice a week. Brush with a regular toothpaste the rest of the time.
  • Consider touch-up teeth-whitening treatments to maintain your smile’s glow.

Your Brightest Smile

We provide the latest teeth-whitening services in our Pemberville Office. Contact us today to see how our advanced in-office and at-home whitening treatments can improve the look of your smile.

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