Your teeth are a major component in the quality of your smile. Naturally, the enamel of your teeth is bright white. However, there are numerous factors that can contribute to discoloration, which can dull the quality of your smile and cause your confidence to plummet. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we can help to restore the dazzling white gleam to your smile with teeth whitening.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Your teeth are naturally a bright white in color. However, there are many factors that can lead to dullness and discoloration, which can then significantly impact the quality of your smile and your confidence. Common factors include:
When your teeth have become discolored, we can help. Teeth whitening is a procedure that is designed to eliminate stains and discoloration from your teeth, helping to restore their bright white color and enhance the beauty of your smile.
How is Teeth Whitening Done?
There are plenty of over the counter products available in the oral care aisle of most stores. These products often advertise amazing results in little time for an affordable price. However, these products generally contain low levels of bleaching agents, meaning that it can take many applications to see even a slight difference. While they can be helpful for minor surface stains, they can rarely achieve the drastic results most patients are looking for.
There are two ways in which teeth can be professionally whitened. One way is with an in-office procedure called chairside whitening. This procedure typically requires only one appointment and about an hour of your time. After your teeth have been cleaned, a bleaching agent is applied, and a light is shown over your mouth. The active ingredient breaks down to form tiny oxygen bubbles that enter into the enamel to eliminate stains.
Results are noticeable immediately
If you prefer, you can also whiten your teeth at home with whitening trays. With this treatment, you are provided with custom whitening trays and the bleaching agent. The trays are meant to hold the bleaching agent against your teeth and are designed to be worn for a few hours twice a day or once overnight while you sleep. Treatment times vary based on your situation, and your goals and results typically begin to show in just under a week.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
In short, no, teeth whitening is not permanent. The same things that caused staining in the first place can lead to new stains on your teeth. However, you can do certain things to help ensure the longevity of your treatment:
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Teeth whitening is very safe. One of the biggest risks associated with this treatment is sensitivity. This sensitivity is only temporary, and only lasts as long as your treatment. Toothpaste designed for sensitivity can help to manage the discomfort you experience. Once your whitening treatment is complete, the sensitivity should disappear.
With professional teeth whitening, we can help to restore the dazzling white color to your teeth, enhancing the beauty of your smile and boosting your confidence. For more information about teeth whitening, call Pacific Modern Dentistry at (206) 607-9822 today.