This holiday season, give the gift of whiter teeth!

Whitening is one of the quickest ways to improve your smile! It’s pain-free, easy to do yourself, and can be relatively inexpensive.

Until the end of the year, we are running a special on whitening! Pick up one of our Opalescence Go kits for only $60, or receive a 15% discount on custom whitening procedures! We also have gift cards available so you can treat your loved ones!

What type of whitening is best for me (or my loved one)?

See the image below to learn more about the different options for whitening. Generally speaking, the higher the intensity of whitening, the faster it works, and the more you’ll need professional assistance.

How do I know if I need to whiten my teeth?

Teeth can be discolored from two main types of stain – intrinsic or extrinsic.

Intrinsic stains are typically caused by conditions at a young age, such as severe illness, large doses of certain medications (like tetracycline), or an over-consumption of fluoride. Sometimes a history of trauma to your teeth (such as a fall, or car accident) may damage the nerve and cause discoloration as well. Intrinsic stain is the more permanent type of stain, and requires more invasive treatment by a dentist. Often the treatment includes intense bleaching procedures, or masking discoloration with veneers, crowns, or bonding.

Extrinsic stain is caused by things like smoking, food, and drink – including tea, coffee, and wine. The dark pigments in these substances can settle into the outer enamel layer of the tooth, causing a yellow discoloration. Extrinsic stains can be treated by simple whitening procedures, some of which are over-the-counter! This type of whitening uses peroxides, which work by forming free radicals that can specifically target the stains, and break up the pigments, causing them to appear less dark. This process does not harm or remove any tooth structure.

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