Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to lighten the shade of your teeth. The treatment can be done in the privacy of your own home with at-home kits, or it can be done at the dentist’s office using professional whitening solutions.
At-home treatments involve the patient wearing a mouthguard filled with a peroxide-based solution such as carbamide or hydrogen peroxide gel. The patient wears the mouthguard for several hours daily until the teeth are whiter. Results can be seen after just a few days of home treatment.
In-office professional treatments are quicker and more effective. A laser is used to activate the bleaching agent on the teeth. The light activates the chemicals, speeding up the whitening process. Treatments are administered in the office in less than an hour and patients can see results immediately after their visit. Treatments can be repeated every few months as needed to maintain the results. At Town Center Dental, many of our patients combine these teeth whitening methods to get the best possible results.
The Causes of Teeth Discoloration
Age-related tooth discoloration is caused by the cumulative effects of consuming stain-causing food and drinks, smoking, and tobacco use. Some medications can cause tooth discoloration as well. Genetics also play a role in determining tooth color, as people with dark or yellow tones in their hair are more likely to have discolored teeth.
Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatments can reverse the effects of tooth discoloration and restore the brightness of your teeth. However, it’s essential to be gentle with your smile afterward. Avoid foods and beverages that contain staining elements like berries, coffee, soda, red wine, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and tomato sauce. Try to avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products as well. This will help to maintain the results of your teeth whitening treatment.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Whiter teeth can make you look younger.
Whitening can remove stains from drinks like red wine or coffee.
Teeth whitening can give you more confidence and a bright smile.
If you care for your teeth after whitening them, your results will be long-lasting.
You can get professional teeth whitening treatments at our dental office for faster, more effective results or at home. Our dentist will also answer any questions you have about teeth whitening beforehand.
To schedule your professional teeth whitening consultation, contact Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652.