Do you have yellowed or stained teeth? Are you looking for a cosmetic dentistry treatment to erase years of stains from tooth enamel? Dr. Paul Karpovich provides professional teeth whitening in Timonium, MD. He works with patients as individuals to customize their smiles.
Age, smoking, and certain drinks can discolor the teeth or cause deep stains. As we age and our tooth enamel wears down from repeated use, the dark under-layer beneath the enamel can show through. This under-layer is called dentin and can cause the teeth to look discolored or darkened.
Patients who smoke or use tobacco products are more prone to yellowed and discolored tooth enamel. Nicotine stains the teeth and makes them appear yellow. Wine, coffee, tea, or other pigmented beverages, contain chromogens that stain your teeth over time.
Teeth Whitening Treatment in Timonium, MD
We offer in-office and take-home teeth whitening products. We use professional whitening treatments that whiten teeth up to several shades for our in-office teeth whitening treatment. With this treatment, we can customize results and desensitize the teeth and gums for comfortable care. We can also provide patients with at-home treatment.
Dr. Karpovich will give you customized whitening trays and gel with detailed instructions on administering treatment at home. For patients concerned about tooth sensitivity, our whitening products contain amorphous calcium phosphate to reduce tooth and gum sensitivity.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Our teeth whitening treatment is designed and customized for each patient. Compared to professional treatments, over-the-counter gels, toothpaste, and whitening strips typically aren’t effective enough to whiten teeth. Safe and effective professional whitening treatment can also lighten the tooth enamel by up to eight shades.
Teeth whitening treatment can also improve oral health. Patients who receive our whitening treatment are often more motivated to maintain their smiles at home and schedule regular visits to the dentist. Brushing and flossing regularly and visiting our office also allow tooth whitening results to last longer.
Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Tooth Stains
Extrinsic stains are stains that are found on the outside of the teeth. Tooth whitening can help treat this type of stain. Intrinsic staining comes from within and can be covered with tooth bonding or porcelain veneers. Sometimes, patients who have intrinsic, non-cosmetic staining may require further care. We can help you determine if your staining is intrinsic or extrinsic.
Dr. Karpovich also recommends that patients address dental problems like gum infection or tooth decay before cosmetic treatment. Cosmetic dental treatments are the final step for patients who need to treat their general or restorative dental problems first.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Teeth whitening can completely transform your smile in as little as one single treatment. Read the answers to these frequently asked questions to learn more about the teeth whitening process.
How long do the results from teeth whitening last?
The length of time it does varies. The results last anywhere from six months to three years. Some people just have genetics that are better at recieving tooth whitening treatment. It can also depend on your lifestyle habits. If you’re a smoker or regularly drink tea or coffee, your teeth are going to discolor faster because these things stain.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
No, you shouldn’t experience pain with teeth whitening. At most, you’ll deal with some sensitivity. This is the most common complaint when it comes to teeth whitening. Professional-grade whitening products are better at preventing sensitivity than over-the-counter ones. If you have sensitivity, it should dissipate within a few days.
How long do I need to be careful after whitening my teeth?
The first 48 hours after you whiten your teeth are crucial. Whitening works by opening pores in your teeth and they remain open and susceptible for this amount of time. Avoid anything acidic or anything that can cause discoloration, like coffee or strawberries for that first 48 hours.
Can teeth whitening make my cavities worse?
You should avoid teeth whitening if you have cavities. It can cause pain and permanent damage in your teeth if you whiten with cavities. Whitening treatments also don’t help discoloration that’s caused by tooth decay, so this shouldn’t even be attempted.
Does teeth whitening damage my teeth?
No, it doesn’t damage your teeth. However, it can damage your gums if it isn’t done correctly. It’s important to go to a professional and ensure that the soft tissues in your mouth are properly protected before the whitening treatment is performed.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Before any cosmetic procedure, we have a consultation. We want to ensure that teeth whitening is the right solution for you. Sometimes, there’s staining that won’t respond to traditional whitening treatment. In that case, we’ll direct you to other solutions. We also don’t perform teeth whitening treatment on children who are under 14 years of age.
Brighten Your Smile Today
Receive professional teeth whitening treatment in our Timonium, MD, office or the comfort of your own home. Call (410) 221-3085 to schedule an appointment. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Karpovich on our website. We help patients in Hunt Valley, Timonium, Towson, and the surrounding areas.
Please let us know if you have further questions about cosmetic care or your dental concerns. We aim to help all of our patients feel comfortable in our care.