A beautiful smile is different for everyone. Are you looking to brighten up your smile? Cosmetic teeth whitening can be safe, easy and quick.
How does teeth whitening work?
Your teeth are made up of two layers outside the soft inner tooth pulp: dentin on the inside and enamel on the outside. When you eat and drink, the enamel gets covered with grime and plaque which can usually be scraped away by our 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 to remove the intrinsic stains, rather than focusing only on “bleaching” the outer layer of enamel. Dependent on how sensitive your teeth are, it could take longer than someone with less sensitive teeth to complete a whitening set as we would 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 do you do teeth whitening?
Impressions of your teeth are taken and then poured up in plaster so we can create customized whitening trays are made. When the trays are completed, we’ll have you in for a second appointment so we can verify their fit and provide you with the tooth whitening solution. This makes the process adaptive to your teeth and your needs. You may experience some sensitivity after the whitening treatment, but it’s always temporary.
What about over-the-counter teeth whitening?
Over-the-counter products, such as teeth whitening strips, can work for some mouths but they don’t work for every mouth. These are often appealing to individuals looking to whiten their teeth due to the lower price point, but for those with crooked teeth the results won’t look right and for those with nicotine stains, the strips won’t be able to work their magic. One other concern is that many strips don’t list out the exact concentrations of the whitening gels in each strip, so there isn’t flexibility in terms of adjusting 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, down to 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.
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