At Fallbrook Dental Care one of our most popular cosmetic dental treatments is teeth whitening. Patients come to us looking for whiter, brighter smiles. As part of our cosmetic dentistry options, we offer professional teeth whitening services. With professional teeth whitening, we can whiten your smile by up to 10 shades. Our teeth whitening treatments use professional-grade whitening gel, which is stronger than products available in stores.
What Factors Determine Candidacy for Teeth Whitening?
The effectiveness of whitening treatment varies with the individual. Whitening is not effective on dental restorations, and will not whiten porcelain or tooth-colored fillings. Whitening treatment may not be as effective if your teeth have yellow tones.
Types of Teeth Whitening
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening procedures provide the quickest and most dramatic results. The amount of time it will take to whiten your smile will vary based on your teeth’s natural shade and your level of staining. A dentist will apply a professional-grade whitening agent to your teeth, then expose them to a special light. This process is usually repeated multiple times for 1 to 2 hours.
Over-The-Counter Commercial Whitening Products
Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products are available as mouth trays, strips, or liquids. Most of these products contain 5% carbamide peroxide, the chemical agent that acts as a bleaching agent. OTC whitening products can be purchased at most retail and grocery stores and pharmacies.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Your teeth become stained for a variety of reasons including smoking, consuming dark-colored foods and beverages, and aging. Fortunately, you can reverse these stains with professional teeth whitening.
As you age, your teeth naturally become darker. This process is known as intrinsic discoloration. Teeth whitening can reverse this process to make your teeth whiter and brighter. Once you’ve whitened your teeth, you may not want to re-stain them, so it’s a good idea to avoid dark-colored foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, berries, and red wine.
Teeth whitening is a relatively quick and inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your smile. Professional teeth whitening is more effective and longer lasting than over-the-counter whitening products. Although teeth whitening is not a permanent solution for stains and discoloration, the effects can last for several months. Professional teeth whitening also has the advantage of being able to whiten even the darkest of stains.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Safety is always our top priority. We can assure you that all our whitening products are approved by the American Dental Association. We even have a dental anesthesiologist on staff who helps us ensure all of our procedures and products are safe.
Your safety is why we prefer to supervise teeth whitening procedures in our dental office. When performed correctly, teeth whitening is very safe. It won’t damage your enamel or your gum tissues.
However, it’s important to remember that teeth whitening isn’t for everyone. If you have cavities, gum disease, or exposed roots, teeth whitening could lead to sensitivity. If you’re pregnant or nursing, teeth whitening isn’t recommended. You should also avoid teeth whitening if you have white fillings, crowns, or veneers in your smile.
To learn more about the advantages of professional teeth whitening, contact Fallbrook Dental Care at 645 E. Elder Street Suite A, Fallbrook, CA 92028, or call (760) 728-8375.