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When your teeth aren’t their brightest and whitest, it can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Tooth discoloration can result from a variety of factors. Certain beverages, such as wine and coffee, can stain your teeth, as can certain medications. Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to discoloration. Genetics can influence the shade of your teeth, and excessive fluoride can alter the teeth’s coloring, as well.

Your teeth may even change color merely because you’re getting older, as the enamel erodes over time revealing more of the yellow dentin below.

If you have stained or discolored teeth, rest assured that you can take steps to brighten your smile. In fact, our cosmetic dentists at Fielder Park Dental offer several options for teeth whitening in Arlington, TX.

A cosmetic dentist can take a mold of your teeth then send it to the dental lab, which will create a custom-made tray specific to your mouth. Your dentist can also provide you with teeth whitening gels that contain a stronger concentration of peroxide—the active ingredient in most teeth whitening kits—than in over-the-counter treatments.

However, even the teeth whitening tray systems can take weeks to show results. For the quickest way to whiter teeth, consider ZOOM! In Office Whitening System. With the Zoom! System, a whitening gel is applied to your teeth and is then activated by using a specially designed light. The process usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes, and the results are stunning.

If your teeth are significantly discolored, traditional teeth whitening treatments may not be effective for you. You may need to consider porcelain veneers instead. Your cosmetic dentist will let you know if this is the case.

While all patients will get better results by having a dentist handle their teeth whitening needs rather than choosing over-the-counter options, it’s particularly important for patients who have already undergone significant dental work to consult with a cosmetic dentist prior to whitening their teeth. The artificial materials in veneers, crowns and other dental work may not respond to bleaching treatments in the same way that natural enamel does.