Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment available. At Niles Family Dentistry, we offer both in-office whitening and tray whitening. At the end of your treatment, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Many patients receive teeth whitening to improve their smile and to look more professional. Because you can receive a treatment quickly in-office, it’s a perfect addition to your smile for events such as weddings and special occasions. Maximize what your pearly whites can say for you by restoring them to their beautiful shine with teeth whitening!
Your Changing Teeth
Even though your teeth are white naturally, they can change color over time. This can be due to foods and drinks you are consuming such as coffee, tea and drinks with dyes in them (like wine). The American Dental Association tells us that this is due to “color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth” enamel. Other factors that contribute to your teeth changing color over time include tobacco use, age, trauma to a tooth and medications.
With age and more brushing, the outer layer of the teeth gets thinner, showing more of the inner yellow part of the tooth. Tobacco products also stain the teeth, especially because tobacco products contain tar. Although the teeth seem to change often, teeth whitening is something you can do again and again as needed.
Teeth Whitening: What Is It?
Teeth whitening is s simple process that over 90% of dental patients ask for according to the ADA. Whitening products are those that contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Both are bleaching agents that help break up stains and make your teeth appear brighter. Over time, the teeth develop very tiny cracks in them. These cracks fill up with debris and stain, causing the teeth to become darker. These bleaches help break up those stains to help get your teeth whiter.
Most teeth whitening bleaches come in the forms of toothpastes, strips, and especially gels. In-office treatments use gels in special trays to get you results. Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic services patients can receive to create a more beautiful smile. It cannot be used on crowns, fillings, or dental work that is similar, but is very effective at whitening the surface of your natural teeth.
Is All Teeth Whitening the Same?
Many patients think that all teeth whitening products get your teeth to shine the same. However, that’s not the case. There are many products out there. How do you know what products work best? There is a difference between bleaching the teeth and whitening the teeth. Bleaching the teeth must involve a product that contains bleach to get the teeth whiter. Whitening products are anything that help the teeth become whiter, even if it is just a toothpaste that helps take away surface stains with brushing.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
Toothpastes are “whitening” agents by the fact that they remove surface stains. The majority of toothpastes will work to remove surface stains if patients brush their teeth with toothpaste several times a day. Toothpastes generally are not bleaching agents because they don’t contain bleach to whiten the teeth. Their main function is to remove surface stains, which can help the teeth look whiter. That is not always a guarantee though, so you may be waiting a long time for your whiter smile if you are relying solely on a toothpaste to do the job.
This is a step up from toothpastes. Whitening strips and whitening trays that you can buy over-the-counter are great ways to whiten your teeth at home. However, the cost isn’t significantly different than an in-office treatment would be even though you have to figure out the whole process on your own. Whitening with at-home treatments can take days or several weeks from start to finish. These products can actually whiten the teeth though, as they contain about 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Receiving teeth whitening in-office is the best way to brighten your smile. Not only can you do it in just one office appointment, but receiving teeth whitening in our office is the one place you can get professional-grade whitening. Dentists are skilled and trained to whiten the teeth evenly and can get your teeth to the specific shade that you desire.
If you receive an in-office treatment, the service is simple. You will have custom-fit trays for your mouth that the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. Only a dentist has professional-grade bleaching products to get your teeth the whitest in the shortest amount of time. The dentist will put the gel in trays and then fit the trays into your mouth. After waiting up to 30 minutes, your smile will be that beautiful white you wanted. It’s that simple.
Brushing and flossing remain the best ways to maintain whiter teeth, as you can keep surface stains from discoloring your teeth. Avoiding foods and drinks that stain the teeth can also help you keep a brighter smile. However, when your teeth seem to become less white over time (as most do), you can always come in for an in-office teeth whitening treatment. In as little as one appointment, you could leave with a bright, dazzling smile that involves no hassle. If you’re ready for a better smile today, call our Niles Family Dentistry office at (303) 652-0400!