The team at McDonald Dental is always glad to help brighten your smile with a whitening procedure. Tooth whitening is a popular choice for most dental patients as it helps eliminate stains on the teeth enamel, leaving behind sparkling white teeth. It can greatly enhance your overall facial outlook.
Like some other dental processes, tooth whitening is not performed once. It needs to be sustained so that the flawless smile is retained. The good news is that some numerous tooth-whitening strategies and products can help reduce discoloration of your teeth.
Reasons for Teeth Discoloration
Teeth can be discolored due to diverse reasons. One of the most common culprits is the use of tobacco. Improper care of teeth can also lead to yellowing of teeth and sometimes even bad breath. Aging is another reason teeth become discolored. As one’s age advances, it is not uncommon to find the teeth looking dull. The explanation for this is the thinning of enamel and darkening of dentin. Some popular drinks such as coffee, cocoa, and soda can lessen the brightness of teeth too. Other causes like certain medications and too much fluoride in water cannot be overlooked.
Stained or yellowed teeth are not a pleasing sight. That is why tooth whitening could be the solution for your not too appealing teeth. Before opting for the procedure however, it is a good idea to seek out as much relevant information as possible. This will ensure that you are making fully informed decisions.
How Tooth Whitening Works
The success of whitening hugely depends on the nature of a patient's teeth. If there are tooth maladies like cavities, there is a need to have this treated first. Gums that have receded must be dealt with before a whitening procedure. While tooth whitening works predominantly on the teeth itself, it may affect sensitivity.
Whitening can be done either at home or at the dentists. When you visit our office dentist, your teeth will be photographed. This helps with the monitoring of the treatment process. A few questions will then be asked to find out the cause of teeth staining. This will help our dentist select the best strategy for you.
Our dentist then cleans your teeth to remove plaque or any built-up bacteria. Next, the dentist applies a dental dam that protects your gums from corrosion by bleaches used. The whitening agent is then applied to your teeth. Laser light is shined onto it to activate the agents. Depending on the type of whitening solutions chosen, you may be advised on how to continue with the bleaching treatment at home. This mainly happens when a patient's teeth are severely discolored. Commonly used tooth whitening agents include gels containing hydrogen peroxide. When laser light is shone on this, the effect is a brighter smile.
At our dental clinic, the procedure should take between 30 and 90 minutes. The dentist will ask you to visit two or three times more. However, for severely discolored teeth, even more appointments may be necessary. For more information on whitening, contact us at any time at McDonald Dental at (346) 250-3575.