You may already be dreaming of a white Christmas – but are you also dreaming of a whiter smile? You are not alone! Many people turn to their dentist for professional tooth whitening treatments each year, and December is a great time to ask us here at Danna Smile about whitening and brightening your smile!
As we age, so do our smiles. Our teeth can discolor, or become stained. Extrinsic, or exterior, staining is caused by things like our diets – consumption of dark beverages like tea, red wine, and coffee, or smoking and chewing tobacco. Intrinsic, or interior, staining can also occur as we age. Our enamel becomes thinner and less porous and shows the dentin underneath. Dentin yellows as a part of getting older, the use of some medications, or because of some medical conditions.
Yellow or stained teeth can cause feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment – and may even make some people shy away from social settings and photos. Professional tooth whitening products can brighten your teeth up to ten shades in a just single session. Whitening erases surface stains by using bleaching solutions, like hydrogen peroxide, to lift the stains that become trapped between the enamel and the dentin of the tooth.
Tooth whitening is safe for your teeth. The bleaching agent used in professional systems does not impact the structure of the enamel while it lightens. Some products may cause tooth sensitivity as a side effect of the bleaching process, but this it typically short-lived.
Many patients can see improvements in their smile in just one whitening treatment. You will see better results after using a professional whitening system provided by a dentist than with an over the counter kit or whitening strips. There are tooth whitening procedures that are performed in the office, but more and more dentists are offering professional kits that patients can take home. These kits give patients the same results as if they were in the dentist’s chair for the whitening procedure.
We offer our patients take home whitening kits that are custom fitted for the patient. Along with the custom fitted trays, patients also receive a prescription bleaching gel. Patients will wear the trays for thirty minutes. After the process is completed, you will have a noticeable improvement in your smile!
Are you wondering about tooth whitening? Call our office today at (972) 267-6244.