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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Janet Clodfelter, DDS -  - General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Nashville Smile Creations

Janet Clodfelter, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Nashville, TN

If the color or appearance of your teeth leaves you feeling self-conscious, consider teeth whitening. At Nashville Smile Creations, Janet Clodfelter, DDS, and the team offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening trays for adults and teens. To schedule an appointment at the Nashville, Tennessee, practice, book online or call the office today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth yellow and stained?

Yellow teeth occur naturally as you get older. Over the years, the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) breaks down and flakes away due to chewing and biting. 

Beneath the enamel is dentin, which is naturally yellow. As your dentin becomes more visible, your teeth appear yellow as well.

Other factors that contribute to stained or discolored teeth include:

  • Eating foods that stain, like tomato-based pasta sauce or berries
  • Drinking beverages with tannins like red wine or coffee
  • Taking a medication with tetracycline
  • Using tobacco

You might also develop stained or discolored teeth due to poor oral hygiene. To lower your risk, it’s important to brush and floss daily.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment that uses medical-grade solutions to eliminate stains and discoloration. There are a variety of teeth whitening treatments available, but the majority utilize carbamide peroxide as their main ingredient.

Carbamide peroxide is a byproduct of hydrogen peroxide. It presents few side-effects and provides noticeable results that can last for months.

What are the types of teeth whitening?

Nashville Smile Creations offers several types of teeth whitening, including:

In-office teeth whitening

In-office teeth whitening can make your teeth up to *eight shades brighter in just one sitting. At the beginning of treatment, your provider covers your gums and tongue with a protective dam and applies a whitening solution to your teeth. They let the whitening solution sit for 10-15 minutes and then point a special light at your teeth.

The light triggers a whitening reaction that quickly eradicates stains and discoloration. Your provider repeats the same steps several times until you’re happy with the results.

Take-home teeth whitening trays

If you don’t have time for an in-office teeth whitening appointment, consider teeth whitening trays. Take-home teeth whitening trays are plastic mouthpieces that you fill with a whitening solution. You wear them for 3-4 hours each day as they gradually remove stains and discoloration from your teeth.

Are the results of teeth whitening permanent?

Teeth whitening treatment isn’t permanent, but the results typically last 4-6 months. 

To prevent new stains, Nashville Smile Creations recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the office every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam. If you drink dark beverages like coffee or soda, consider using a straw.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of teeth whitening, schedule an appointment at Nashville Smile Creations. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring team member today.

*Individual results may vary