Having whiter, brighter teeth often makes people feel more confident when they smile. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic dentistry did a study and asked people what they would change most about their smile, most of the answers were to have whiter teeth. It’s important that individuals in California interested in teeth whitening check with a dental professional like those a McBride Dental to discuss their options.
There are a plethora of reasons why some people have teeth discoloration while others don’t. Just as everyone has different color hair and skin, everyone also has different color teeth. Different lifestyles contribute to the discoloration of teeth, such as drinking red wine and coffee, or smoking tobacco. Taking certain medications also can cause discoloration. Poor dental hygiene from not brushing and flossing daily also plays a major role in discoloration. Lastly, trauma could also be a contributing factor because when a person gets injured in the mouth, the teeth create more dentin as a natural response to the injury which darkens the teeth.
No matter the cause of discoloration, there are teeth whitening solutions available. Whitening products incorporate hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as a tooth bleach. The bleach’s job is to rid of stains by making the color less concentrated. Professional bleaching is the common method people use for teeth whitening.
Dental professionals will usually start by placing a rubber shield or protective gel over the teeth followed by the whitening product. To apply the whitening product, they’ll use a customized mouth tray. As the hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide starts breaking down, oxygen seeps into the enamel and lightens the color.
This process can require multiple visits to the dentist over the course of three or four weeks. Impressions will be taken during the first appointment. Once the treatment has been started, the individual will have to continue the process at home, which means consistently applying the whitening product for about half an hour for two to four weeks.
A successful treatment should last up to three years, but results vary amongst individuals. For people who smoke regularly, the treatment won’t last as long. This also applies to people who eat or drink products that stain the teeth. During a consultation with a dental professional, individuals can discuss their lifestyles as well as any questions or concerns before they undergo treatment. A dental professional will provide accurate information based on each individual’s case.
At McBride Dental, we offer teeth whitening treatments that will leave patients with the bright beautiful smile they desire. Our treatment process consists of a powerful whitening gel that gets applied to the surface of the teeth. This gel works to lighten stains, discoloration, and yellowing on the enamel. During the consultation, our team customizes an appropriate treatment plan based on the patient’s desired results. If you, or someone you know, is interested in teeth whitening, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment.