Everyone wants a picture-perfect, show-stopping smile. If you are not happy with the color of your teeth currently, odds are you are not projecting a positive self-image. We hear yellowness complaints all the time. Stop hiding your smile and come see Dr. Auslander. Let us help you craft the appearance your dreams.

According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the most common response when asked “what you would you like to improve most about your smile,” was whiter and brighter teeth. We offer a variety of whitening treatments to specifically meet these requests. Based on your goals, we can personalize whitening options tailored to you.

There are several conditions under which teeth become discolored. The main causes of darkening teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, plus natural darkening with age. Baby teeth are typically whiter than adult teeth that emerge. As we age, our adult teeth become darker, more yellow, or stained. This is partly why we associate white teeth with youthfulness. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth, resulting from exposure to high levels of fluoride, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma. Surface-level tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, namely tobacco, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods.

Professional tooth whitening in the Auslander Dental Gambrills office is the most recommended whitening method because we apply the strongest agents available. We do make sure the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected. The best systems feature a buffer in the whitening gel to protect the tooth enamel from damage. Our in-office treatments have the reputation of being extremely effective, transforming teeth in a single office visit. Teeth can brighten up to ten shades in about an hour. While in-office whitening only affects the front eight teeth, it is a great jumpstart for take-home whitening.

With our at-home whitening options, custom-made teeth whitening trays are created for you. You will see impeccable results with beautiful uniformity because the trays have a personalized design. Improvements of 10 to 16 shades can be expected. Our methods are safe and proven, causing little sensitivity.

There are a few over-the-counter tooth whitening methods that can be purchased without a dentist’s supervision. These products include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe products, increasing in popularity due to relative cost and ease of use.

We recommend consulting Dr. Auslander in building your treatment plan. He is best qualified to handle any concerns that may arise before, during and after whitening treatments. Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth. The shelf life will be extended if you are following up regularly with a home whitening product. Contact our Gambrills office for a whitening consultation to find your path to a brighter, whiter smile today!

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