Teeth Whitening Specialist

Douglas M Sheets, DDS

General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentist located in Federal Way, WA

If you struggle with tooth discoloration, you might feel self-conscious about your smile. Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S in Federal Way, Washington, can help. Dr. Sheets offers teeth whitening treatments to enhance your smile. Professional teeth whitening can erase even the most stubborn stains. Dr. Sheets provides take-home kits to whiten your teeth and preserve your results. To explore the benefits of teeth whitening, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Many people struggle with stained or discolored teeth. Teeth whitening treatments lift stubborn stains off the surfaces of your teeth. These treatments brighten your smile, boost your self-confidence, and enhance your appearance. Several over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, including:

  • Toothpaste
  • Strips
  • Gels
  • Rinses
  • Trays

Most of these options work the same way: they include a bleaching agent which removes stains from the surface of the teeth. However, results may vary. Over-the-counter treatments are usually not as powerful as professional-quality whitening agents. 

Your treatment results may depend on your age, medical history, and oral health. Some dental concerns can interfere with teeth whitening. If you opt for a drugstore treatment, you may be disappointed with the results. 

Professional treatments deliver consistent results. Before recommending a whitening treatment, Dr. Sheets performs a full exam. He checks your teeth and gums to determine what's causing your tooth discoloration. Dr. Sheets determines what type of whitening treatment is the best fit for you. 

What causes tooth discoloration?

Genetics can play a role in tooth color, and some patients may have naturally yellow teeth. But lifestyle factors are usually to blame for tooth discoloration. Coffee, tea, dark sodas, and red wine can stain your teeth. Tobacco products are also notorious for producing yellowed teeth. If you have poor oral hygiene, you might also be at a higher risk for discolored teeth. 

Sometimes, patients develop tooth discoloration due to an illness or injury. Dental injuries and infections may affect your tooth color. Medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can take a toll on your teeth, too. 

Determining the cause of your tooth discoloration isn't always easy. But Dr. Sheets gets to the root of the problem. He identifies factors that affect the shade of your teeth, and he helps you explore lifestyle changes that can brighten your smile. Dr. Sheets also works with you to choose a safe, effective teeth whitening treatment.  

What treatments can help brighten my smile?

For best results, consider professional teeth whitening. Professional-grade treatments include powerful gels that work quickly. Dr. Sheets offers take-home whitening kits that you use in the comfort of your house. The kits also provide touch-up treatments to preserve your results.

Ready to learn more about teeth whitening treatments? Call Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S today or request an appointment online.