Your smile is the first impression you leave. The appearance of your teeth is a major factor in its quality. If your teeth are dull and discolored, you could be giving off the wrong impressions, whether you know it or not. Stained teeth can also significantly affect your confidence, leading you to hide your smile, another action that can say a lot, and leaves the wrong message. At Bijan Family Dental Practice, we can help to restore the bright white beauty of your teeth with professional tooth whitening.
What Is Tooth Whitening?
Your teeth can become discolored for some different reasons. Common causes of discoloration include what you eat and drink, smoking, and certain types of medications. Fluorosis, brown marks on your teeth that form as a result of excessive fluoridation during tooth development, can also affect the appearance of your teeth. Dull, discolored teeth not only affect your smile, but they can also affect your confidence. Tooth whitening is a treatment designed to eliminate discoloration, restoring, and even enhancing, the bright white color of your teeth. With your teeth whiter and brighter, you can smile confidently once again.
How Does Tooth Whitening Work?
We offer whitening trays as a way for you to whiten your teeth. Whitening trays are made from digital impressions of your mouth. One appointment is required to take the impressions, and you receive the trays, whitening gel, and instructions at the second visit. The trays are made to be worn overnight while you are sleeping. Depending upon the severity of your discoloration and your specific goals, the trays may be used for one to three weeks. Some patients require longer treatment. Whitening trays can whiten your teeth several shades with results becoming noticeable in just under a couple of days.
Why Not Use OTC Products?
There is a whole host of different whitening products available over the counter. You can find them in the oral care aisle. They include products such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, strips, gels, and pens. While these products are often advertised as an affordable, effective treatment, they only contain low levels of bleaching agents. It can take several treatments before you even notice a small difference. OTC products can harm your teeth by being too abrasive or acidic resulting in loss of enamel which could harm your teeth. If you are looking for effective long lasting results, professional whitening will provide you with the best and safest results.
Is Tooth Whitening Safe?
Tooth whitening is both safe and effective. We use American Dental Association (ADA) accepted bleach material that has been through a vigorous approval process to gain the seal of acceptance from the ADA. Whitening can cause some tooth sensitivity during your treatment, but this is very manageable. You can use a toothpaste designed specifically for sensitivity if needed. Once your whitening treatment is complete, the sensitivity will ease and disappear.
Is Tooth Whitening Permanent?
While tooth whitening can provide you with incredible results, it is not permanent. The same factors that caused your discoloration in the first place can lead to new discoloration. You can take action to prolong the results of your treatment by limiting foods and beverages that stain and quitting smoking. Regular touch-ups can also help to keep your smile beautiful longer. Best time to touchup is after your teeth cleaning when all stains have been removed.
With whiter, brighter teeth, you can smile confidently, and leave impressions that are sure to last. For more information, and to find out what tooth whitening can do for you, call Bijan Family Dental Practice at (714) 421-4494 to schedule your appointment today.