Teeth Whitening for Sparkling Smile
No matter how good your dental hygiene, certain factors increase the likelihood of developing brown, yellow, or otherwise discolored teeth. To restore your brilliant white smile, visit us for whitening treatments. A short visit can reverse years of discoloration damage, revealing the gorgeous pearly whites you may not have seen for years.
Even if you tried whitening toothpastes, rinses or home kits to whiten your teeth, you are unlikely to see the significant results you can get from a professional whitening procedure. That’s because the process used in a dentist office is much more intense than any home product.
Whitening toothpastes only remove surface stains without actually whitening the enamel. Other home products, such as strips, gels or rinses, typically contain hydrogen peroxide as the whitening agent, which is nowhere near as powerful as the whitening agents used by dentists.
What to Expect from a Teeth Whitening Procedure
The teeth whitening process used by your dentist is often called in-office or chair-side bleaching, and it uses a highly effective bleaching agent to actually lighten the color of your enamel. The process begins with your dentist applying a rubber shield or protective gel over your gums and soft tissues of your mouth. Your dentist then applies a bleaching agent to your teeth, often using a special light or laser to enhance action of the agent.
The entire process typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the level of whitening required, and a single office visit is usually enough to see significant results. If your teeth are heavily stained or discolored, more than one visit may be necessary to achieve optimum results.
Things to Know about Teeth Whitening
While most people want a bright white smile, the in-office bleaching procedure is not necessarily a good fit for everyone. The color of your teeth is a factor, with yellowish teeth typically responding the best to the treatment. The procedure may be less effective on brownish teeth, and even less effective on teeth with grayish hues.
The bleaching agent is also unable to change the color of any crowns, dental bonding or porcelain veneers. While whiteners can brighten the natural enamel, they cannot brighten the color of the dental materials used in cosmetic or restorative procedures. Whitening teeth around the crown, bonding or veneer would result in an unnatural and uneven look.
The effects of a professional teeth whitening procedure can last several months to several years, but your teeth will have the same risk of staining as they did before the procedure. Limiting or avoiding coffee, tea, wine, smoking and foods that stain your teeth can help the effects last longer and your teeth better retain their brilliance.