Teeth whitening refers to removing stains and discoloration from the teeth. Getting treatment from a dental professional is the safest, most effective way to get your teeth as white as possible. For the most effective results, it’s a good idea to obtain a whitening procedure in a dentist's office. At La Mesa Dental Services, our dentists are professionally trained to get your teeth as white as possible and prevent tooth sensitivity during the treatment. Your dentist can also give you tips on cleaning and maintaining your newly brightened teeth so that you can keep that bright smile for as long as possible.
Reasons For Tooth Discoloration
There are several reasons that teeth become discolored or stained over time. These reasons include food and drinks such as coffee, tea, and tobacco. Additionally, aging is another factor causing discoloration. For patients who want to lighten the color of their teeth, there are two types of teeth whitening treatments: in-office and at-home. When you choose an in-office treatment, the dentist will apply the whitening gel to your teeth and use a special light to activate the bleaching process. You can achieve a smile up to ten shades lighter in as little as one appointment! On the other hand, at-home teeth whitening kits are customized by your dentist to fit your smile. These kits contain prescription-strength bleaching agents applied daily for two weeks to achieve desired results. Both options can provide you with a whiter smile.
The Benefits of teeth whitening
Stained and yellow teeth are unsightly and can sometimes be embarrassing. Most people who whiten their teeth do so to improve their self-confidence and appearance and make themselves look younger. Additionally, if your teeth are discolored or stained because of medication, smoking, or some other reason, whitening can help remove the stains from your teeth and improve your smile. Lastly, if you suffer from teeth sensitivity, sometimes whitening the teeth can remove the sensitivity and some of the pain associated with sensitive teeth.
How To Care For Your Newly White Smile?
After your in-office treatment, you can continue caring for your smile at home. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. If you smoke or use tobacco products, ask your doctor for tips on kicking this unhealthy habit. Patients with sensitive teeth and gums should talk to their doctor about appropriate toothpaste and mouth rinses. In some cases, over-the-counter anti-sensitivity toothpaste may be recommended. If you’re undergoing treatment to make your teeth whiter, avoiding any food or drink that might stain them is best.
If you’re considering professional teeth whitening, visit La Mesa Dental Services at 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite C/D, San Diego, 92115, or call (619) 871-5001 for more information.