Your smile is one of the very first things that others notice about you. Your teeth are one of the most prominent features of your smile. Teeth are naturally bright white in color. However, there are many factors that can cause your teeth to become dull and discolored. When this happens, the quality of your smile suffers. At Davis Dental Practice, we can restore the bright white brilliance to your smile with teeth whitening.
What is Teeth Whitening?
There are several factors that contribute to stains and discoloration. Common contributors include what you eat and drink as well as lifestyle habits such as smoking and other tobacco products. Teeth whitening is a procedure that is performed to eliminate these stains and restore the natural bright white color of your teeth. The process is simple and painless, improving the quality of your smile and boosting your confidence.
Options for Professional Teeth Whitening
There are two options for professional teeth whitening. The first is an in-office procedure, also known as chairside whitening. This type of whitening requires only one appointment and about an hour of your time. First, your teeth are cleaned. Next, a protective gel is applied to your gums. The whitening gel is applied to your teeth, and a light is shone over your mouth. As the active ingredient in the whitening agent breaks down, it begins to form little oxygen bubbles that enter into your tooth enamel and bleach away stains. Your teeth are whitened several shades, and results are noticeable immediately.
Your other option for professional whitening is whitening trays. This option allows you to whiten your teeth at home. We create custom trays just for you based on impressions of your mouth. You then receive the trays and the whitening gel to take home with you. The trays are made to be worn twice a day for a few hours or overnight while you sleep. The length of your treatment depends upon the severity of your staining. Whitening trays can whiten your teeth several shades with results typically noticeable in just under a week.
What About Over the Counter Whiteners?
You may have noticed that there are all kinds of whitening products available over the counter in the oral care aisle of just about any store. They come in the form of toothpaste, strips, gels, pens, and more. These products typically contain very low levels of whitening agents. They may be effective for minor surface stains. For those looking for more drastic results, however, professional whitening is the best option.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Teeth whitening is very effective for restoring the bright white color of your teeth. However, it is not a permanent solution. Over time, your teeth can begin to discolor again. With proper care, results can last for a few years. It is important that you limit your consumption of foods and beverages that cause staining. Quit smoking or other tobacco products. Brush and floss your teeth regularly. It can also be helpful to have periodic touch-ups to keep your teeth bright and brilliant.
With professional teeth whitening, we can eliminate stains and discoloration from your teeth, restoring the brilliance to your smile. For more information on our cosmetic dentistry services, and to schedule your appointment, call Davis Dental Practice today at (530) 756-5300.