For the best teeth whitening in Rock Hill, SC, make an appointment to discuss your unique situation with the professionals at Culp Dental. Before undertaking tooth whitening, you should learn about the various techniques and have a discussion with your dentist about which one is best for you.

Why do teeth need to be whitened?

Teeth can darken for many reasons, including:

  • Food and drink with intense color pigments can stain teeth. Drinks such as coffee, tea and red wine are particularly harmful.
  • Smoking, or rather the two chemicals found in tobacco, tar and nicotine, create stubborn stains on teeth.
  • Age causes yellowing. As we age, the enamel wears down, allowing more of the yellowish dentin inside your teeth to show through.
  • Trauma can cause a reaction that leads to an increase in dentin, which is the darker layer under the enamel.
  • Medications may cause discoloration of the teeth. Young children exposed to antibiotics during teeth formation may see discoloration of their adult teeth. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation may also darken teeth.

How does whitening work?

Basically, bleaching agents break stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and the teeth appear brighter. Whitening is not effective on all teeth, particularly those that are brown or have gray tones. Plus, whitening does not work on veneers, crowns or fillings, or teeth that are discolored due to injury or medication.

What whitening option is available at Culp Dental?

Custom whitening trays with at-home bleaching products contain carbamide peroxide gel to whiten the enamel. The gel that is applied to a custom tray that is fabricated to fit onto your teeth. There are different strengths of the whitening gel available based on the patient’s history of sensitivity and the level of whitening desired.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Is tooth whitening safe?

You may experience tooth sensitivity after whitening, which is temporary in most cases. However, overuse of whiteners can damage your tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to talk to the dentists at Culp Dental and don’t whiten more than recommended.