Teeth can darken over time due to various factors, including:

  • Staining: Consumption of certain foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-colored fruits can stain the enamel of the teeth over time.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause yellowing and darkening of teeth due to the tar and nicotine present in tobacco products.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which can cause them to appear darker or yellowish.
  • Aging: As people age, the outer layer of enamel on their teeth naturally wears down, revealing the dentin underneath, which is yellowish in color. This can make the teeth appear darker or more yellow over time.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, can cause tooth discoloration when taken during tooth development (in childhood).
  • Genetics: Some individuals may naturally have teeth that are more prone to darkening or yellowing due to their genetics.

Overall, maintaining good oral hygiene habits, avoiding habits that can stain the teeth, and seeking professional dental care can help prevent or minimize tooth darkening over time.

Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our dental team. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.

Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity, and they’re one of the most requested services offered by our practice. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. You will want to work with a cosmetic dentistry professional on whitening to ensure the best possible results.

We use industry-approved methods to provide whitening and smile care. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry, look no further. Bettendorf Family Dental offers the services you need at a price you can afford.

Whitening Care

Keeping your teeth white is one of the best things you can do to keep your smile looking great and build confidence.

We also offer professional whitening care in our clinic. Professional services are the most effective and safe way to whiten your smile. Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure aimed at lightening the color of teeth and removing stains or discoloration. It can be done in several ways:

In-office whitening:

This involves a dentist applying a whitening agent directly to the teeth and using a special light or laser to enhance the whitening process. This method typically yields quick and noticeable results.

Take-home whitening kits:

Our Dentists may provide custom-fitted trays and a whitening gel for patients to use at home. These kits usually require wearing the trays for a specified amount of time each day over a period of several days or weeks.

Over-the-counter products:

There are various over-the-counter whitening products available, such as whitening toothpaste, strips, and gels. While these products may provide some improvement in tooth color, they are generally less effective than professional whitening treatments.

It’s important to note that tooth whitening may not be suitable for everyone, and it’s best to consult with our team before undergoing any whitening treatment. It is also important to remember that any existing dental work will not respond to whitening, only natural teeth. Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene practices and avoiding foods and habits that can cause staining (such as smoking or consuming dark-colored beverages) can help prolong the results of tooth whitening treatments.

Straighten Your Smile with Clear Aligners

Our team uses Invisalign® and Sure-Smile, both proven methods to straighten teeth so you can smile more confidently.

Clear aligners are an industry-leading solution that has changed the smile of millions of Americans. Rather than using braces and metal, this comfortable solution uses state-of-the-art technology to create an aligner that fits your teeth, is comfortable, and can change your smile in as little as six months.

Cosmetic Dentistry to Change Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry can completely change your smile.

We offer the following services:

  • Aligners (Invisalign, Sure Smile®)
  • Veneers
  • Dental Bonding (Fix Broken or Mis-shapen Teeth)
  • Dental Implants
  • Whitening

Find Whitening in Bettendorf

Bettendorf Family Dental is located in Bettendorf, Iowa and ready to serve your cosmetic dentistry needs.

Schedule your first appointment today. Take the first step to improve your oral health and build a more confident smile.

What are the benefits of doing whitening treatments in a dental office?

Professional teeth whitening conducted by a dentist typically offers several advantages over over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening products:

  • Customization: Professional whitening treatments are tailored to each patient’s individual needs and preferences. Dentists can adjust the strength and duration of the whitening agent to achieve optimal results while minimizing sensitivity or discomfort.
  • Higher concentration of whitening agents: Professional whitening treatments often use higher concentrations of whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide compared to OTC products. This allows for more effective and quicker results.
  • Supervised by a dentist: Professional whitening treatments are performed under the supervision of a dentist, ensuring safety and minimizing the risk of adverse effects. Dentists can also address any concerns or complications that may arise during the whitening process.
  • Faster results: Professional whitening treatments typically yield faster and more noticeable results compared to OTC products, which may require multiple applications over several weeks to achieve similar results.
  • Reduced risk of uneven whitening: Dentists take precautions to ensure that the whitening agent is applied evenly to all teeth, minimizing the risk of uneven whitening or patchiness.
  • Addressing underlying issues: Dentists can identify and address any underlying dental issues (such as cavities or gum disease) that may affect the success of the whitening treatment or compromise oral health.

While OTC teeth whitening products may offer convenience and affordability, professional whitening treatments often provide superior results, safety, and overall satisfaction.

Does Bettendorf Family Dental offer Sure Smile®?

Bettendorf Family Dental is a preferred provider of Sure Smile® as well as Invisalign. We also offer other cosmetic dentistry options, such as teeth whitening, veneers, implants, bonding, and more. Call us at (563) TBD to get started.