Teeth Whitening

Restorative & Cosmetic Dentist & Aesthetic & Family Dentistry located in Lakewood, OH

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening services offered in Lakewood, OH

If your smile has lost some of its gleam, professional teeth whitening offers an excellent solution and is among the cosmetic services available from Niki Cochran, DDS, of CLE Smiles by Dr. Niki in Lakewood, Ohio. Explore teeth whitening in more detail during a consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What are the common causes of tooth discoloration?

The aging process is the most common cause of tooth discoloration. That’s because only the outermost layer of your teeth, the enamel, is naturally white in color. As your enamel wears away over the years, more of the naturally yellow dentin beneath becomes visible.  

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Food and drinks that stain, like red wine, coffee, and berries
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Exposure to excessive levels of fluoride
  • Traumatic injury
  • Certain medications

Once discoloration develops, professional teeth whitening is the best way to restore a bright, white smile. 

How does teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening is an in-office treatment that uses a powerful whitening solution to boost the shade of your smile. Countless over-the-counter products promise to whiten teeth, but none match the power of professional products. 

When you come in for teeth whitening, Dr. Niki begins by isolating your tongue and other soft tissues before painting the whitening solution onto your teeth. This solution works by breaking apart stains to reveal a whiter smile. 

After a short period, Dr. Niki rinses the whitening solution away. You’ll see the difference immediately. Today’s in-office whitening treatments can lighten your smile up to eight shades in just one visit*, and the entire process takes less than an hour. 

How can I maintain the results of my professional teeth whitening?

Once you see how beautiful your smile appears after professional teeth whitening, you’ll want to do everything you can to preserve those results. A great place to begin is by embracing a good dental hygiene routine.

Proper daily brushing and flossing can keep your smile gleaming, and regular dental exams and professional cleanings ensure plaque and tartar have no time to build up and alter your gleaming smile. 

You should also take a good look at your diet to see if some of your favorite foods might be staining your smile. You can still enjoy tea, coffee, and red wine, but drinking these beverages through a straw can reduce staining. 

If you smoke or use other tobacco products, finding a way to quit for goodwill keeps your teeth bright and improves your dental and overall health and wellness. 

If you’re ready to try professional teeth whitening, call CLE Smiles by Dr. Niki or schedule online to book a visit.

*Individual results may vary 

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