According to American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, whitening treatments have increased by more than 300 percent over the past five years. With images of celebrities with gleaming smiles to advertisements for at-home bleaching kits at every turn, the most desirable level of whiteness keeps getting brighter. But the fact is, the level that you can achieve may be limited by both genetics and lifestyle factors that play a major role in the color of your teeth.

Most common causes for staining include food and beverages (coffee, tea, cola, red wine, dark berries, soy sauce), fluoride (white spots), smoking, hereditary (some people just have darker teeth of brighter teeth), antibiotics (tetracycline taken as a child), and trauma (may cause a dark tooth).

For optimal results, professional whitening treatments penetrate deeper to whiten the teeth and the results last longer than those seen over-the-counter treatments. We recommend a combination of whitening treatments. We can start with one hour teeth whitening to jump start your whitening, followed up with custom take home trays to maintain your new white smile. Trays can be used to touch up once a month.

Prices of whitening range from $300 to $600 depending on which method is used. It’s an easy, conservative place to start. For those teeth that don’t whiten well, veneers will help.