What Causes Dental Stains?
The teeth’s enamel is porous, allowing stains to penetrate and discolor teeth. Intrinsic stains, which are stains from within the teeth, are most common in adults. Food and beverages are some of the most common causes of extrinsic stains. Red wine, dark soda, coffee, tea, berries, tomato sauce, curries, soy sauce, and other dark-colored food can stain the teeth. Tobacco use also causes extrinsic stains. By not brushing after tobacco use, the stains become even more stubborn.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening uses a strong bleaching gel that is applied directly to the teeth. The gel works by breaking down stains and discoloration to reveal a sparkling white smile. Professional teeth whitening is most effective when performed by a dentist because it uses stronger agents than over-the-counter products. In-office teeth whitening can be completed in one visit. During your session, your dentist will apply a highly concentrated bleaching gel to the surface of your teeth, then allow it to sit for a half hour to an hour. During this time, the solution will penetrate the enamel of your teeth and begin the process of breaking down stains and discoloration. Your dental professionals may choose to use a special light to activate and speed up the whitening process. The light or laser will activate the gel, causing it to break up stains and bleach the teeth.
After this short waiting period, your dentist will remove your gel and reapply it for another 15 to 20 minutes. At this point, your teeth should be several shades whiter. The entire in-office teeth whitening procedure can be completed in as little as one hour.
What Are The Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening offers several advantages over home whitening. We use stronger whitening gels that are only available to licensed dentists. We are also able to use customized whitening trays that fit perfectly to your teeth. This ensures that the gel remains in contact with the teeth to minimize whitening gel waste. This also allows the whitening gel to remain in contact with your teeth for a longer period of time.
Professional teeth whitening also allows us to whiten your teeth more efficiently. We are able to spend more time whitening your teeth, and we are able to control the whitening light to increase or decrease the whitening power. We can adjust the amount of light depending on what type of stain you have on your teeth.
Another big advantage of professional teeth whitening is that it is the only type of whitening treatment that guarantees results. If you whiten your teeth at home, you won’t know if it’s working because you aren’t under the light. You also won’t know if your teeth are as white as they need to be. By coming in for a professional teeth whitening treatment, you can see your teeth become whiter as we work.
Explain At-home Teeth Whitening.
The second type of whitening procedure is called at-home whitening. This procedure involves a dentist making a custom set of trays that are designed to fit your teeth. You will fill the trays with a special whitening gel and wear them as directed. The gel will break down the stains and bleach your teeth.
Professional take-home teeth whitening kits allow you to safely whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. These kits include custom-fit trays, professional-grade bleaching gel, and a whitening accelerator light. The trays hold the solution on your teeth, while the accelerator light helps the bleaching gel reach its optimal strength, giving you faster results than at-home bleaching kits you can buy at the store.
Teeth Whitening Tips
- Consider professional teeth whitening over a store-bought kit. A dentist can give you custom trays and a stronger whitening gel.
- Don’t smoke or drink red wine. These both stain teeth.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Use a straw when you drink dark-colored beverages.
How soon will I see the results?
Immediately following teeth whitening treatment, patients can expect to see results, although the full effects of the whitening won’t be visible until a few days after treatment. Teeth may feel a little more sensitive than usual, so it’s best to avoid foods that will be hard or crunchy.