Stained Teeth

There are numerous reasons why teeth may stain, and those reasons can range from internal sources(intrinsic) or external courses (extrinsic). Extrinsic stains such as coffee or tea stain the exterior of the teeth, due to the pigment of the beverages staining the film of plaque on your teeth. Due to the type of stain, ways to correct the stain may vary, and it is beneficial to having your teeth cleaned prior to teeth whitening

Prevent Stained Teeth

Think of your teeth as having “pores”. Your teeth absorbs the food and drinks you consume. Avoid food and drinks that can stain your teeth, drink through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth, come in for frequent dental cleanings as well.

Stained Teeth - Before After

Stained Teeth Treatment

  • Dental cleaning – Coming in for regular cleanings can remove tartar and stain buildup, leaving you with a beautifully polished smile. 
  • Teeth whitening – We offer both take home teeth whitening that can be completed on your own schedule, as well as in-office whitening services that can be completed in one visit. The benefit of our in-office whitening service is that we also include the take-home kit
    • In-Office Professional Whitening 
In-Office Professional Whitening

ADA Dental Minute – Dr. Maria Lopez Howell

Everyone desires a bright white smile, but when brushing twice daily isn’t enough, you do have another option. In-Office tooth whitening! 

In-Office tooth whitening is a safe way to give your smile that extra sparkle.

With an in-office tooth whitening procedure, your dentist protects your gums with a gel or a rubber shield made specifically to fit your mouth. Then a whitening agent is applied to the teeth, you can also choose an at-home tooth whitening product. 

It is a good idea to see your dentist first to take care of any dental problems before you proceed. 

Tooth whitening may not work on enamel with certain types of stains – or on bonded or filled teeth. 

To learn more about getting a brilliant smile, speak with your dentist – to determine which tooth whiting option is right for you! 

For the ADA Dental Minute, I’m Dr. Maria Lopez Howell.

Pola SDI
  • Pola Office+ is a simple in-office teeth whitening system. Whiter teeth can be achieved in as little as 30 minutes. Pola office’s unique formula comes with desensitizing properties, making your comfort #1. 
  • Colgate Optic White Professional Take-Home Kit
Colgate Optic White Professional Take-Home Kit

Welcome to the Colgate Optic White professional experience. As you will soon see simply beautiful whitening is now beautifully simple. For those patients who decide to whiten their teeth at home, everything a patient needs is inside the take-home kit. 

So let me show you the contents of the kit and step by step of what you’re going to do.

Now let’s get started. 

Take out the whitening device. Use two gel tubes for each application, one gel tube for the top side, and another for the bottom side of the whitening device. Some people prefer to start with a little bit less gel. Results may vary depending on how much gel you use. Now grab one gel tube and twist off the safety seal at the tip.

Squeeze gel from the tube to evenly fill the floor of the device. Start from the center and move outward, creating a continuous line. Do the same from the center dot to the other side. You can use the tip of the tube to evenly spread the gel along the bottom of the tray. Now turn the device over. Don’t worry the gel is thick and it will not leak when turned upside down. Now, repeat the same process with a second gel tube on the other side. It’s important not to put the gel too high in the mouthpiece. The gel should not touch your gums when you put the device in your mouth, as it may burn.

Press the great activator button and the indicator light will turn orange. Wait until the indicator light turns green, which means the whitening gel is now ready for use. Position the mouthpiece so that the green light is facing upwards, and insert the whitening device into your mouth. Make sure your upper and lower teeth are seated completely in the whitening device. Also, make sure no gel is touching your gums.

If you feel bleach touching your gums, remove the tray and rinse out your mouth. Wipe any excess bleach from the tray and then reinsert the whitening device. Keep the whitening device in your mouth for 10 minutes. Feel free to relax, move about and read while you’re whitening your teeth. When the indicator light goes out. Remove the whitening device carefully so that no gel touches your gums. 

You’re on your way to wider brighter teeth. 

Now let’s talk about how to clean up after application. 

First, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Then clean the whitening device using a light stream of water. Remove the remaining gel with a soft toothbrush if needed. Using a gentle motion. Do not use your fingers to clean the device dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Make sure the whitening device is clean and dry when returning to its case; make sure to wash your hands after handling the device. 

Repeat this process once a day for 10 days total treatment. Remember, you should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after each treatment.

Thank you for choosing Colgate Optic White Professional.


  • Smile design – A smile design can not only restore your teeth to full dental health, it can also do wonders to give you the aesthetic smile you have always dreamed of. If you are not a candidate for teeth whitening due to tetracycline staining/dark teeth, you may benefit from dental veneers crowns

Porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive treatment that can transform your smile.

Veneers video:

Veneers are restorations that cover the front surface of a tooth. While they can improve function, most of the time, veneers are used to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile, whether a tooth is misshapen, chipped, discolored, or rotated. Veneers can be made of ceramic or composite material and typically require multiple appointments to complete.

At your first visit, your doctor will take an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory to expertly sculpt an idealized model of your mouth. This model will be the basis for your temporary and final veneers.

During your next visit, your teeth are prepared by the doctor to make room to place the veneers over them. Once done, another impression is taken of the prepared teeth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory and combined with the idealized model to craft your final veneers. After this second impression is taken, temporary veneers are placed over your teeth until the final ones are ready.

At a subsequent visit, your doctor will remove the temporary veneers and bond the final versions into place. Now, your teeth are restored to optimal shape and function, and your smile will be greatly improved.

Veneers cover the front surface of a tooth. Veneers usually require at least two appointments to complete.

Dental Veneers treatment Dunedin, FL 34698 Before and After results

Dental crowns work similarly to veneers in that they cover stains, but they cover the entire tooth. 

  • Composite Resin Veneers – Can be completed in one visit in office. The benefit to composite resin veneers is the ability to be reversible, as minimal preparation is needed for treatment. 

Are you a candidate for teeth whitening?

If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, give us a call today and find out if you are a candidate for teeth whitening. If you’re not a candidate for traditional whitening, there are options! A beautiful smile is just a consultation away.

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Our Dental Savings Plans

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dental care and that financial constraints or insurance status shouldn’t stand in the way for anyone to receive such care. That’s why we have introduced Dental Savings Plans as we don’t want you to compromise on your dental health. We have two plans – Standard and Wellness - offered at an annual membership fee of $429 and $729 respectively.

Membership will entitle you to a host of benefits including free and discounted treatments with a focus on your overall health.

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