Whether caused by certain foods, wine, smoking, or the aging process, tooth stains and discoloration are inevitable for most people. Certain foods you consume like coffee or tea, some sodas, particularly colas, red wine, curries with turmeric, etc., can make your teeth yellow and stained. Teeth yellowing can also occur due to low oral hygiene maintenance, certain diseases, aging, some medications, poor oral hygiene, or even a tooth trauma. It can affect the self-confidence of most people badly.
Fortunately, it is now possible to get brighter and whiter teeth erasing all stains in simple steps. At Inspire Smiles Dental, we offer professional teeth whitening treatments to give you dazzling, white teeth that will make you look amazing and younger.
Professional tooth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures in the United States. It is much more effective, safer, comfortable, and less aggravating than whitening with a store-bought kit. The expert dentist team at Inspire
Smiles Dental is happy to help if your teeth are stained and you feel unhappy with their appearance.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is so popular and most-sought after cosmetic dental treatment because of the following reasons:
- Professional teeth whitening is non-invasive
- They are more effective and longer-lasting than over-the-counter whitening treatments.
- Little time needed
- The treatments are safe and painless.
- It helps to make you look younger, happier, healthier, and even smarter.
Before your teeth whitening Treatment
Before the treatment, your cosmetic dentist checks your teeth and gums for any underlying problems and does deep teeth cleaning if needed. For patients with sensitive teeth, your dentist can provide a topical fluoride gel to be applied to your teeth as directed for a few days before the whitening session.
The Teeth Whitening Procedure
Teeth whitening is a safe, non-invasive procedure that can be performed in the following steps.
Step 1: Professional dental cleaning.
As clean teeth and gums respond better to any dental treatments, teeth whitening begins with dental cleaning that involves removing plaque and tartar deposits using special dental tools.
Step 2: Determining the correct dental shade.
At this step, the dentist chooses your dental shade using a shade guide, and after knowing your needs and preferences. The concentration of the whitening agent depends on your desired shade.
Step 3: Isolation of teeth from the rest of the mouth.
During the treatment process, a gingival dam or lip and teeth retractor are used to isolate the teeth. This is done because whitening agents are rich in peroxides and can irritate your gums and the soft tissues in the mouth.
Step 4: Application of the whitening agent
During this step, a whitening agent rich in peroxides is painted on the topical surfaces of teeth and is allowed to dry.
Step 5: Activation of the oxidizing agents.
Here, the oxidizing agents present in the whitening gel are activated using a special blue light. The oxidizing agents break down the stains on the teeth and remove discoloration.
Step 6: Reapplication of the whitening agent.
The whitening agent is again applied, and the oxidizing agents are released using a bright light. This step is repeated 3-5 times to achieve the desired dental shade. After getting the desired dental shade, the teeth are wiped to remove any whitening agent's trace.
Your dentist at Inspire Smiles Dental will also provide you custom-made whitening trays to use at home to wear over the teeth to maintain white teeth for a long period. Combining teeth whitening and using the take-home trays can give you the best results as the treatment provides instant whitening, and the trays deliver even more whitening over time.
The teeth whitening process takes about 60-90 minutes, depending on many factors. The results last between 12 and 18 months if you properly take care of your teeth with a daily oral health routine.
Call us at 925.833.9500 if you are looking for teeth whitening; we provide personalized care and treatment and enjoy a bright smile.