10 Jun What Is In-office Teeth Whitening?
Do you have tooth discoloration or permanent stains on your teeth? Does this discoloration cause you to hesitate to smile? If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile and desire whiter, brighter teeth, cosmetic dentistry procedures such as professional teeth whitening can help. In-office teeth whitening is a quick, non-invasive procedure that can lift years of staining from your teeth, producing a white, uniform smile.
Why do teeth stain?
Teeth can discolor for a variety of reasons. For example, repeated exposure to dark beverages like coffee and wine or foods like berries can permeate through the enamel surface of teeth and stain the softer structures under enamel. Additionally, teeth dull over time as we age. Teeth may also stain because of decay or internal damage, this type of staining, however, normally requires restorative dentistry to repair teeth and improve their appearance.
How does professional teeth whitening work?
Professional teeth whitening performed by our cosmetic dentist offers many advantages over whitening products purchased in a drug or grocery store. Using prescription strength ingredients and dental laser technology, in-office teeth whitening effectively addresses deep tooth stains that develop beneath the enamel surface. In comparison, store bought products can only remove surface stains because they lack the potency to remove stains below tooth enamel.
Professional whitening works by using a potent bleaching solution activated by laser light, to reach the interior structures of teeth and bleach stains away. The bleaching solution will be directly painted onto the teeth while the mouth is held in an open position with a soft, oral appliance. A protective gel will also be applied along the gums to keep the bleaching solution in place. Once this process is complete, the dental laser will be activated and directed at the mouth to accelerate the bleaching process. This speeds up the whitening process and in just over an hour, you will leave our office with a smile that is eight to ten shades whiter.
To schedule a professional whitening session or a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact our practice today.