Teeth Whitening

Haytham A. Fares, DDS, PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Dearborn, MI

If your smile isn’t turning heads, it’s time to do something about it. Haytham A. Fares, DDS, PC, regularly brightens the smiles of his patients with transformative teeth whitening procedures. At his Dearborn, Michigan, practice he offers both in-office whitenings that take less than an hour or take-home whitening kits that allow you to enhance your smile according to your own schedule. Both techniques whiten your teeth by several shades without any risk of complications. To set up a whitening appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening refers to the process of bleaching your teeth to break up the concentration of stains and discoloration. The results are whiter, healthier looking teeth you’ll be proud to show off.

If you’re interested in brightening your smile, professional teeth whitening is the way to go. It’s cost-effective and convenient, taking less than an hour in the office. Professional whitening is preferable to over-the-counter options since professional-grade whitening agents have a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, making the results more noticeable and long-lasting.

What causes tooth stains and discoloration?

The most common causes of tooth stains and discolorations are from food and beverages, including:

  • Coffee
  • Dark tea
  • Red wine
  • Mustard
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce

Another common cause of teeth discoloration is the natural wear and tear that comes as you age. Over time, the enamel of your teeth wears down, revealing the dentin — the yellowish layer beneath.

Also, any tobacco use of any kind, whether that’s chewing or smoking, can lead to stains and discoloration.

How does teeth whitening work?

In-office teeth whitening is a quick, safe procedure. It takes less than an hour and involves no downtime so you can even make an appointment for a quick touch up to your smile during your lunch break.

First, Dr. Fares prepares a tray lined with a powerful whitening agent. The active ingredient is generally hydrogen peroxide, and the whitening solution goes to work quickly. You bite into the tray as the whitening solution breaks up the concentration of tooth stains. Light-powered technology helps speed up the whitening results. With just one in-office procedure, you can brighten your smile by several shades.

Another option is using a take-home whitening kit to brighten your smile conveniently at home. Dr. Fares provides REMBRANDT® whitening kits that transform your smile into a work of art. As long as you follow the schedule outlined by Dr. Fares, you can get rid of 90% of extrinsic stains at home in just a few weeks. He can even supply a special REMBRANDT whitening toothpaste that helps you maintain results.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

Teeth whitening results should last 1-2 years, if not longer. The key to maintaining your whitening results is continuing to brush and floss diligently. Also, try to limit your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks.

If your smile needs a whitening touch up, schedule an in-office whitening or a consultation to learn more about take-home whitening kits by calling the office or request an appointment online.