When you have stains on your teeth, you may feel embarrassed. Instead of feeling uncomfortable with your appearance, why not talk to us about a solution? In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about our professional teeth whitening system, and how we can mask permanent discoloration too.
The Initial Office Treatment
Our system starts with an office visit. We will first take detailed digital images of your smile, which will allow us to create a set of plastic grays tailored specifically for your smile. Next, we will place a protective covering over your lips and gums, and then apply a special bleaching gel to the teeth. With a light, we will activate the gel and perform the first stage of your whitening treatment. We then send you home with the trays and a powerful bleaching gel to complete the process from home.
Trays and Gel
At home, the trays will be filled with the provided gel and then worn for about 30 to 45 minutes a day, depending on your dentist’s recommendations. The trays help ensure even results across your smile, while also preventing the saliva from diluting the gel’s strength. You will wear them daily for about one week to ten days, and for many, teeth could be brightened by several shades! You can then keep the trays and any remaining gel for touchups down the road. Good oral hygiene habits, like proper brushing and flossing, quitting tobacco products, and eating a healthier diet, could help your new results last much longer! You should also see our team for a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months.
Masking Permanent Stains
While this treatment is a great way to remove surface stains and avoid tooth sensitivity, what about discoloration that forms beneath the enamel? Known as intrinsic stains, these may not respond to whitening treatments. However, we can still brighten your smile! Dental bonding could mask them in one visit with composite resin, the same material we use in our dental fillings. We could also cover them with porcelain veneers, or a combination of the two for a cost-effective smile makeover, as these treatments also reshape teeth and close exposed gaps.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or any of our other cosmetic dental treatments, then contact our team today. We would love to help you start 2022 with a bright and beautiful smile, with care that offers stunning results in as little as one to two visits!
Talk to Us About Cosmetic Dentistry
We’re ready to help you brighten your smile by up to eight shades. You can schedule an appointment by calling your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, at (661) 259-7760.