The discoloration or darkening of natural teeth is a common occurrence in the adolescent and adult population. The causes are multifactorial and include dietary choices, personal habits such as tobacco use, hereditary components, poor dental hygiene, medications, and trauma as well as a multitude of others.
The great news is that Rickoff Dentistry has state-of-the-art, dental-grade teeth whitening systems available for patients, which can lighten teeth several shades. Whether you want to do an in-office whitening, or you’d prefer to whiten at home, we have professional strength whitening options available for you and your family.
There are a few important differences between teeth whitening systems purchased over-the-counter and those only available through a dental office. The primary difference is the strength of the active whitening agent, and the varying secondary components present in the whitening material. Dental offices are permitted to use and distribute a higher strength concentration of the whitening solution to provide the best opportunity to achieve desired whitening levels. Professional grade dental whitening systems also have built-in desensitizers as well as varying strengths and methods for use to help accommodate even the most sensitive mouths.
While some patients see dramatic results from a single whitening session, others may need a few treatments in order to yield significant results. Though there is no steadfast way to predict the effectiveness of a single whitening session, Dr. Rickoff does her best to determine possible underlying causes of the discoloration and will recommend different whitening and treatment options on a patient-specific basis.
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