Teeth Whitening

Charles Croasdill, DMD

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Tacoma, WA

Are you looking for a simple and effective way to improve your smile? Teeth whitening just may be your answer. Dr. Charles Croasdill and the team at Charles Croasdill, DMD, in Tacoma, Washington offer multiple ways to whiten your teeth. Do you want to learn more? Call to schedule a consultation today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes yellow teeth?

Many factors contribute to teeth yellowing. Certain medications, what you drink and eat, and your age can all play a role. Surface stains on the enamel of your teeth from drinks like tea, coffee, and red wine, can make your teeth appear yellowish. Tobacco and smoking are also significant causes.

Eventually, these surface stains can become even harder to remove because they go beneath the enamel to the dentin of your tooth.

How can I whiten my teeth?

If you want a whiter, brighter smile, Dr. Croasdill can help. He offers Opalescence® take-home whitening kits for you to use at your convenience. Opalescence provides the professional results of customized teeth whitening right in the comfort of your own home.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Opalescence is safe and comfortable. Since Dr. Croasdill oversees your whitening treatment, he customizes your take-home whitening trays to meet your specific needs.

However, not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. Pregnant women and people with dental problems such as gum disease or worn enamel should hold off on tooth whitening.

How does teeth whitening work?

First, Dr. Croasdill or a member of his dental team examines your teeth and reviews your medical history to make sure teeth whitening is right for you. Keep in mind that dental restorations such as crowns and bridges don’t respond to teeth whitening.

Then, Dr. Croasdill creates custom teeth whitening trays for you to take home. He takes impressions of your mouth so the trays fit comfortably over your teeth. You can whiten your teeth in as little as 15 minutes per day, or you can wear the trays overnight.

The number of days or weeks you need to continue using Opalescence teeth whitening trays depends on your particular needs and desired level of whiteness. Some stains are easier to treat than others. Additionally, lifestyle factors like smoking and drinking coffee may delay the effects of whitening.

Dr. Croasdill may provide you with an estimated amount of time you can expect to see the results you hope for. To learn more about Opalescence take-home teeth whitening, call the office of Charles Croasdill, DMD today.