Turlock patients trust the teeth whitening process to their dentist
When you flash your smile, you may imagine that you are putting some beautiful pearly whites on display. A quick glance in the mirror might remind you that richly colored foods and beverages have had an effect on your smile. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures for good reason. Most people can benefit from a little brightening, and the methods employed in the dental office are controlled, safe, convenient, and effective. What more could you ask for?
Why teeth change color
In most cases, teeth become discolored as a result of changes to the outer layers of material. Extrinsic stains may occur from smoking or tobacco use, red wine, and even from fruit juice and many other food items. Because of this, discoloration is hard to avoid. In addition to extrinsic changes, teeth can change color due to an internal factor. Intrinsic staining may occur when a tooth has been damaged or when enamel has responded intensely to fluoride (fluorosis).
What you need to know about teeth whitening
- “Whitening” toothpaste only does so much. Approved formulations contain abrasive particles. While these can polish the teeth and remove stain-causing debris from the surface, toothpaste will not remove deeper stains.
- Your teeth will not get brighter after a professional cleaning, although they may look like it due to the polishing effect.
- To get a significantly brighter smile takes a controlled bleaching process, usually with carbamide peroxide. Professional whitening can lighten the color of your teeth beyond their natural shade.
- In-office power-bleaching is faster than home whitening. However, it does not make your teeth any whiter than the tray system used at home. Patients choose their method based on how soon they want results, not on the overall outcome that is possible.
- Intrinsic stains may not be treatable with the whitening procedure, which is one of several reasons to consult with your dentist about removing discoloration from your teeth.
- Teeth naturally become discolored over time. Depending on oral care and lifestyle habits, the results of one teeth whitening process can last up to two years. Maintaining the desired result is easy with periodic touch-ups.
- Teeth whitening treatment will not change the shade of cosmetic or restorative fixtures like veneers or crowns.
Cosmetic dentistry is performed with great care by your Turlock dentist Dr. Davoud. To learn more about teeth whitening, schedule a visit with us.