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If you use tobacco products on even an occasional basis, you’ve likely noticed the teeth in your smile taking on a dull, yellow, or even brown shade. When this happens, the whitening products sold in stores will likely lack the potency to sufficiently remove the tobacco stains. Rather than risk harming your teeth with less-reputable whitening products, you should schedule a whitening consultation at Southland Smiles.

Dr. Richard Mantoan can examine your teeth to determine their overall health and the severity of the tobacco stains. With this information, he can help you understand the most effective methods for whitening your teeth and maintaining a bright smile.

Most of the time, significant dental stains can only be removed by having your dentist administer a dental bleaching treatment. This is the safest method for eradicating stains from your teeth.

Before bleaching your tooth enamel, your dentist will protect your gums by applying a special dental dam over them. A small amount of concentrated bleaching gel will then be poured into a tray that is inserted in your mouth. This will penetrate the pores on your tooth enamel and dissipate the set-in stain particles.

You will need to hold the trays in your mouth with a gentle suction wand for a few minutes. The total duration of the treatment will vary depending on the severity of your tooth stains. A special ultraviolet light might also be used to brighten your teeth further.

With your smile fully whitened, you can then take measures to maintain the brightness of your tooth enamel. While tobacco cessation is certainly the wisest course of action, Dr. Richard Mantoan might also recommend using an ADA-approved whitening toothpaste.   

If you live in the Flossmoor, Illinois, area and you are struggling to whiten your smile, you should call 708-794-4253 to schedule a whitening consultation at Southland Smiles.