If you have stains on your teeth, you may feel uncomfortable showing your smile to the world. While store bought systems exist, they rarely offer the same dramatic results as professional treatment options. If you would like to obtain a brighter smile, then talk to your Newhall, CA, dentist about our unique teeth whitening treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening
Question: How do you remove teeth stains?
Answer: We begin with an initial office treatment, before sending you home with a custom-made set of plastic trays and a powerful bleaching gel. At home, you will fill the trays with gel and wear them, usually for between 30 and 45 minutes. The trays help spread the gel across the teeth evenly. The gel then breaks up the stains, with optimal results available after a week to ten days. For some, smiles could be brightened by multiple shades.
Question: What causes teeth stains?
Answer: Did you know that when we consume sugary foods and drinks, this increases the risk of plaque buildup? Plaque not only increases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease, but also makes stains more visible. In addition, beverages that contain dark pigments, which may include soda, red wine, tea, and coffee, also leave behind discoloration. Smoking and tobacco use can stain your teeth, as well as lack of proper oral hygiene, which means not brushing and flossing daily and not undergoing routine dental cleanings.
Question: What if I have intrinsic stains?
Answer: Most stains are known as extrinsic, meaning they form on the surface of the teeth. We easily remove these with teeth whitening. However, intrinsic stains form below the outer enamel and may be difficult to remove. If we find your intrinsic discoloration won’t respond to teeth whitening, we may suggest masking them using dental bonding, custom-made porcelain veneers, or a combination of these two cosmetic treatments.
Question: How do I prevent future discolorations?
Answer: Following treatment, remember that your trays and remaining gel can be used for touch-ups later on. In addition, brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every night helps reduce the severity of plaque buildup. A dental cleaning every six months enables our team to remove plaque and polish the teeth, which helps them stay brighter and free of common oral health concerns. We also suggest avoiding tobacco products and enjoying water and healthier food options. If you have any questions about fighting discoloration and achieving a brighter smile, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Discoloration?
If you have extrinsic and intrinsic teeth stains, then you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry. To learn more about removing or masking discoloration, then schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.