Few things inspire more confidence than a beautiful smile full of bright, white teeth. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to keep your teeth as white as they were when you were a child, because two factors greatly contribute to stained, dull, and discolored teeth: age and food. Certain proteins within the tooth's enamel naturally attract food particles, which will stain your teeth. Certain foods, such as coffee, tea, berries, red wine, chocolate, and dark sauces, are particularly known for staining attributes (and not just on the carpet, either). In addition, caffeine and tobacco can wear away the outer layer of your enamel, which will expose the darker tissue of your teeth. As we age, our enamel wears off naturally and our teeth become more absorbent and more susceptible to staining. However, you should not let any of these factors detain you from having that brilliant smile. We offer custom teeth whitening treatments tailored to our patients' individual needs. They are safe, effective, thorough, and can last up to five years. While some whitening toothpastes and home teeth whitening treatments can help brighten your smile, they aren't as complete as our office whitening treatments and they don't last nearly as long. Most home teeth whitening products only last a few weeks, but our bleaching systems can last up to five years. Also, home whitening products are only effective against certain types of staining. If you have any intrinsic staining--staining from the inside of your teeth--caused by trauma, medications, or fluorosis, over-the-counter teeth whitening will not be able to help. Depending on the extent of the intrinsic discoloration, our office teeth whitening can greatly help, but veneers or lumineers may be better suited for your situation. If you participate in the following social check-in apps on your smartphone, we have a teeth whitening special for new patients upon check-in!