Your teeth play many important roles in your mouth. While many of these roles are functional, including biting, chewing, and enabling proper speech, the teeth also play a very important aesthetic role. Your smile is the first thing that people see. When you smile, your teeth become quite prominent. A bright white smile can make a positive impact. However, if you have discolored teeth, your smile is less than perfect and can send the wrong message. You may also be embarrassed by your smile.
Harry Albers DDS can help to restore the natural bright white to your teeth and improve the quality of your smile with teeth whitening.
What is Teeth Whitening?The teeth are naturally a bright white color. However, there are many different factors that can cause the teeth to become dull and discolored. Common factors include what you eat and drink, habits like smoking and tobacco use, and certain types of medications. Even age can lead to discoloration.
Teeth whitening is a procedure that is performed to eliminate the discoloration from your teeth, giving them back their natural bright whiteness. The procedure is simple and completely painless, and can completely transform your smile.
How are the Teeth Whitened?There are two ways in which teeth can be whitened. One way is with an in-office procedure, also called chairside whitening. In-office whitening requires only one appointment and about an hour of your time. After cleaning the teeth, a whitening gel is applied to the surfaces of your teeth and a light, which helps to enhance the results, is shone over your mouth. After an hour, the gel is removed, and the results are noticeable right away.
If you would prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we can provide you with whitening trays. We create custom trays from impressions of your teeth to ensure an optimal fit. The trays, which hold the whitening gel against your teeth, are meant to be used twice a day for a few hours or overnight while you sleep. Trays are generally worn daily for one to two weeks depending upon the degree of staining on your teeth. Results typically begin to show in just under a week.
Can I Use Over the Counter Whiteners?You can use over the counter whiteners. There are many available, including strips, gels, toothpaste, pens, and more. These whiteners only contain low levels of bleaching agents. They can be effective for minor surface stains. For those looking for drastic results, however, professional whitening will provide the best results.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?Teeth whitening is an effective treatment for eliminating stains and discoloration, giving your teeth back their bright white color. However, the treatment is not permanent. The same factors that caused your discoloration in the first place can cause discoloration again.
Taking good care of your teeth can help to prolong the results of your treatment. Avoid or limit foods and beverages that stain. Quit smoking. Brush and floss daily and have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined regularly. You may also consider having your teeth touched up periodically to maintain optimal results.
Restoring the natural whiteness to your teeth can greatly improve the quality of your smile and significantly boost your confidence. If you are interested in finding out if teeth whitening is right for you, call Harry Albers DDS at (707) 806-0545 today to schedule your appointment.