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Located in the Historic Hollywood Neighborhood: 4433 NE Tillamook St., Portland, OR 97213
OFFICE HOURS: Mon 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM • Tues 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM • Wed 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM • Thurs 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
• Fri 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM • Sat Closed • Sun Closed.

Tooth Whitening

A side-by-side comparison of a Hollywood District woman's smile before and after teeth whitening.For many dental patients, their primary concern with the appearance of their smile is the whiteness of their teeth. The tooth whitening process is a simple way to dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth by removing years of stains and discoloration. Tooth whitening is a great option for people who are looking to change the color and appearance of their natural teeth. However, individuals with restorations should note that the bleaching process will not make any difference in the color of crowns, fillings, and other add-ons.

Why Are Your Teeth Stained?

Have you noticed that your once beautiful smile is looking a little dull? There are a variety of reasons why your teeth may have developed yellow or brown stains:
•  Age. As you get older, your teeth will darken as a result of stain accumulation and normal wear and tear.
•  Smoking. Nicotine will leave brown-colored deposits behind, and these can soak into the structure of the teeth to cause intrinsic discoloration.
•  Eating habits. Habitually consuming coffee, tea, soda, red wine, oranges, carrots, and other dark-colored foods and beverages will cause stains over the years. Acidic foods like vinegar and citrus fruits can also contribute to erosion of the enamel, leading the surface of the teeth to become more transparent.
•  Trauma. Falls and other types of injuries can produce cracks in the teeth that collect debris and stains.
•  Teeth grinding. Often caused by stress, grinding the teeth can cause micro-cracking which may result in the biting edges of the teeth to get darker.
•  Medications. Certain drugs or chemicals can cause discoloration of the teeth. Tetracycline is the most common, which can produce brown or dark gray stains that are difficult to remove.

The Whitening Process

Home whitening systems are one of the most popular ways to achieve a brighter smile, and we offer a take-home system that can get you your desired results. The process will consist of two appointments. In the first, molds will be taken of your mouth to create trays that will be used to hold the whitening gel. When you return to the office for your second appointment, we will make sure the trays fit correctly and will make any necessary adjustments. We will provide you with instructions on how frequently to wear your trays in order to achieve optimal whitening results.

Maintaining Your White Smile

Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent procedure. If you tend to drink beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda, or if you smoke, your teeth may begin to stain again within a month. However, if you take some simple steps, you can extend the longevity of your white teeth, and you may not need a touch-up for a year or more:
•  Avoid dark-colored foods for at least one week after you whiten.
•  If you need to drink a dark-colored beverage, do so using a straw.
•  Brush and floss after each meal and before you go to bed.

If you have any questions about how to get a brighter and whiter smile, contact our office today.
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Dr. Brett Daby
4433 NE Tillamook Street
Portland, OR 97213
PHONE: (503) 345-9693

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