Teeth Whitening for a Brighter Smile
Teeth whitening in Downey , whether performed in a dentist's office or at home, is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for brightening the smile and removing surface staining. The whitening process can remove the yellowish color of aging, as well as discoloration from foods and beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine. Many people who are self-conscious about their smile find that a whiter, brighter smile can boost their confidence and self-esteem.
There are three major whitening methods available: whitening strips, whitening rinses and a whitening gel that can be applied directly to the teeth. Each of these products relies on a peroxide-based bleach to lighten the natural tooth color. However, the amount of whitening that can be achieved varies from person to person.
Generally speaking, professional in-office whitening provides the most dramatic results. The whitening treatment uses a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide bleach to break up the stain-causing molecules of the discolorations on the surface of the teeth. This is a very safe and effective procedure, and it can lighten the teeth by up to seven shades.
The whitening products used at home are not as strong and may only lighten the teeth by one to two shades. The whitening kits typically include a peroxide-based whitening gel that is applied with a small brush and the manufacturer's instructions usually recommend twice daily applications for 14 days.
Over time, the enamel on our teeth starts to erode, and microscopic cracks develop in the biting surfaces. These cracks allow the yellowish dentin to show through and give the teeth a dull appearance. In addition, consuming tooth staining foods and drinks and smoking can further darken the teeth.
While a whitening treatment will lighten the natural tooth color, it will not whiten dental hardware such as fillings, crowns or veneers. In some cases, these restorations may appear to be a different shade from the rest of the teeth, which can be very noticeable and can lead to a loss of confidence.
To maintain the results of the whitening treatment, it is important to avoid drinking or eating foods that can stain for at least 48 hours after the whitening procedure. Additionally, the sensitivity of the teeth after whitening should be monitored and regular re-treatments may be necessary.
Teeth whitening in Downey is not a permanent solution, and the effects are typically lessened within a month of ceasing the use of chromogens such as foods, drinks, tobacco and cigarette smoke. However, a person who regularly bleaches their teeth and is careful to prevent the re-staining of their smile can expect a brighter, whiter smile for up to a year.
The best way to make sure your smile stays as white and bright as possible is to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and examinations. During these visits, the dentist will be able to monitor your progress and provide advice on how to keep your teeth looking their best. Contact our office in Downey to make an appointment for your teeth whitening.