A beautiful smile is different for everyone. Looking to brighten up your smile? Cosmetic teeth whitening is safe, easy and quick.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth are made up of two layers outside the soft inner tooth pulp: dentin on the inside and enamel on the outside. When eating and drinking, the enamel gets covered with grime and plaque. This can usually be scraped away by daily brushing and regular dental visits. Sometimes, especially when compounded with habits like coffee drinking or cigarette smoking, the grime seeps through and stains the insides of our teeth.
Removing these stains means penetrating the tooth itself. This allows us to remove the intrinsic stains, rather than focusing only on “bleaching” the outer layer of enamel. Depending on how sensitive your teeth are, the time it takes to complete a whitening set varies. For someone with more sensitive teeth, we recommend smaller percentages of peroxide over a longer time span. Nicotine and tobacco stains can take up to three months to whiten since they are more deeply embedded than simple food stains.
How is it done?
Impressions of your teeth are taken and then poured up in plaster so we can create customized whitening trays. When the trays are ready, we’ll bring you in for a second appointment. We’ll verify the fit and provide you with the tooth whitening solution for you to take home. Our process is adaptive to your teeth and your needs.
What about over-the-counter whitening products?
Over-the-counter products, such as teeth whitening strips, work for some mouths but they don’t work for every mouth. Often appealing because of the lower price point, they aren’t made specifically for each mouth. Those with crooked teeth often end up with results that don’t look right, and nicotine stains don’t respond well to the store-bought products. Many strips don’t list out the exact concentrations of the whitening gels in each strip. This makes it hard to adjust dosage as you notice sensitivity on your gums. Applying these strips more often won’t create whiter teeth either – it only risks eroding your enamel and causing permanent damage.
Safety and cosmetic teeth whitening
Every mouth, and every individual tooth is different. Some people are more sensitive than others, and every mouth will react differently to the whitening process. The results of a friend may not necessarily translate to your own experience. You may experience some sensitivity after the whitening treatment, but it’s always temporary.