If you suffer from low self-esteem because of a less than perfect smile, know that you are not alone. Many patients that are aware that their teeth are less than pearly whites have often come into our office asking about teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is no new procedure, but it can be new for you. Because of that reason, in this article, we will discuss all things that teeth whitening involves to hopefully answer your questions about a procedure that can possibly change your life.
Before discussing how teeth whitening works it’s important to understand why and how teeth become discolored. There are two types of discoloration, one being extrinsic, and the other being intrinsic. Extrinsic stains left from coffee, tea, and red wine are usually brushed away but using whitening toothpaste, daily. Intrinsic stains are much harder to get rid of as they’re caused by years of exposure to the staining substances and is found below the enamel.
For in-office whitening solutions, we first take an impression of your teeth and provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into these clear splints that are made from the impression of your teeth. In only a few hours of wear per day, the bleaching agent bubbles can clean the stains right out of your enamel. The whitening gel used in this method contains an oxidizing agent and reacts with the internal parts of your teeth breaking apart the discolored areas of your teeth and making them appear whiter.
When planning to have dental work done on your front teeth, it is typically a good idea to bleach them first to your desired shade. Waiting a week to allow them to stabilize is a great way to dramatically transform your smile.
There are many whitening options out on the market today, and it is important to talk with your dental professional first to conclude which option can be best for you. These options include:
If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, the whitening process can be a bit of a pain, literally. Most dentists will encourage you to use anti-sensitivity toothpaste for about a month or two before getting any whitening treatment done on your teeth.
In order to learn more about whitening treatment, contact us at Gallery Dental in North Richland Hills, TX. We want our patients to not only feel their best but also look their best. So, because of that, we’re here to answer any questions you may have concerning your dental care or aesthetic appearances.