Teeth whitening are the fastest and easiest way to rejuvenate your smile and face. A bright and sparkling smile takes off years from your age to make you look and feel youthful and confident.
Discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious and you can end up hiding your smile. But with advances in dental treatment, in just a single sitting you can get bright white teeth which you would love to show off!
Why do your teeth stain?
The most common cause of teeth discoloration is consuming food and drinks that contain color pigments called chromogens that bind to the outer surface of your teeth. Such food includes coffee, tea, aerated beverages, red wine, beet, turmeric etc.
Smoking or chewing tobacco and trauma to a tooth are other factors that lead to discoloration of teeth.
As you age and with brushing, the outer layer of the tooth called enamel gets thinner and more of the yellow dentin underneath is seen. Also, teeth develop minute cracks in which the color pigments get deposited.
What are your treatment options for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening products contain Hydrogen peroxide or Carbamide peroxide as bleaching agents in varying concentrations. These agents break down the stain and remove discolorations and yellowing from the enamel of the teeth to whiten your teeth. You can choose from teeth whitening in the dental clinic or home treatments that are customized to your teeth.
Your dentist will fabricate custom-made trays that fit perfectly, comfortably and securely, to your teeth. The whitening can be done at home while you are reading or watching TV. You have to load these trays with gels containing whitening agents and place them on your teeth. After waiting for 30 minutes you will get a brighter smile. The treatment can be started in the dental clinic and you will have to continue with the same process at home over a period of two to four weeks for thirty minutes at a time for the desired result.
Another innovative method is the Zoom professional teeth whitening system. This is an in-office instant teeth whitening treatment using special laser light technology to activate the whitening gel. A rubber sheet called rubber dam is placed on your teeth to protect your gums, lips and other soft tissues from the bleach. The bleaching gel is painted on your teeth and a special laser light is shone on the teeth to activate the agent in the gel. The entire process is completed in less than an hour. Results are immediate and you leave the clinic with up to 8 shades brighter teeth.
Why would you choose whitening in a dental office instead of products available in a store?
There are numerous over the counter products available like whitening toothpastes, strips, and gels.
But the professional teeth whitening products provided by the dentist get you the whitest teeth in the shortest amount of time. These agents have much higher concentration of bleaching agent so the results are immediate and noticeable. On the other hand the bleaching agent is much weaker in concentrations in the over the counter products leading to results that are not as pronounced as the treatment given by the dentist. The whitening process is very gradual and you see some improvement after days to weeks of use.
Since the gel trays are not custom made, the chemical can spill over to the gums and cause irritation and sensitivity.
Plus with professional treatments you receive personalized evaluation and attention. You can discuss your concerns with the dentist and understand the various factors to get sustained results. Custom made trays fit well to your teeth so there is no spillage and your gums are properly protected during the entire process. Thus since your dentist supervises the procedure it is safe and comfortable.
Teeth whitening are one of the easiest and most affordable dental treatments that can revamp your smile and make a huge difference in your overall appearance in just one visit. You can call our office or see the before after pictures of other patients to for some wonderful results.