Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a non-invasive, simple dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance your smile. Tooth enamel can grow porous over time as it slowly wears down through normal wear. This can lead to teeth becoming stained. When this happens, they look dirty and can be embarrassing for some. Sometimes a patient’s habits can affect staining. If a patient smokes, nicotine and tar and easily stain the teeth, particularly along the front of both the upper and lower jaw. Drinking tea or coffee can do the same thing.
Offering a cosmetic dentistry procedure known as chairside bleaching, we can whiten a patient’s teeth and bring back the tooth’s natural brightness. Easy to do, taking less than an hour, patients can leave with a brighter smile. Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a non-invasive, simple cosmetic dentistry procedure used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance your smile. If you would like this service, contact us at Thurston Oaks Dental. We will be more than happy to help with your whitening needs.
Are You Worried?
Anyone who has considered whitening options has seen the countless commercials for over-the-counter (OTC) solutions. While less expensive, they can be harsh to the patient’s teeth and soft tissue. It should also be noted that the over-the-counter options never last very long. They are far from permanent. If misused, they can also be incredibly damaging to a patient’s oral cavity.
The professional solutions we utilize to whiten a patient’s teeth have a much longer-lasting effect. While not permanent, they can last up to ten times as long as OTC options. Also, by closely monitoring the whitening process, we will not let the solution do any damage to the patient’s teeth or gums.
Over-the-Counter Solutions vs. Professional Solutions
The mouthpieces used for over-the-counter whitening solutions are one-size-fits all which can cause irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth by rubbing while chewing. Our mouthpieces are custom-made to fit perfectly into the patient’s mouth to their exact specifications. If the mouthpieces do not fit correctly, the solution may overexpose certain sensitive areas and cause potentially permanent damage.
The solution the over-the-counter uses range from 10-20% carbamide peroxide content. In comparison, the one we use is a professional-grade solution and can contain up to 40% carbamide peroxide.
Not to be taken lightly, the American Dental Association has warned the public about using over-the-counter solutions. They explained if misused, they could permanently damage teeth and gums. Why take the chance? Come to us for a safe whitening procedure where you will not have to worry about damaging your teeth.
We can perform a dental cleaning and exam to create a proper treatment plan for your whitening procedures. Our team will help diminish your anxiety while we provide you with a whiter smile in less than an hour with no chance of damaging your mouth. To preserve the whitening, it is important to limit your coffee, smoking, and other damaging items that could cause stains.
White Teeth Improve Confidence
Having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients. There are several ways to whiten teeth. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings or crowns. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth. Tooth whitening is not permanent. Touch-up may be needed once a year and more often if you smoke or drink wine, coffee, or tea, as these all discolor the teeth.
Reasons for Tooth Whitening
• Yellow, brown stained teeth
• Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc)
• Florousis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
• Normal wear of the outer tooth layer
What Does At-Home Tooth Whitening Involve?
Whitening systems provided by our dental office usually require two visits.
At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom plastic trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with a special whitening solution twice a day for 30 minutes, or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped.
Care for Whitened Teeth
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit our office regularly to help maintain a healthy, beautiful, white smile. When you look at your smile in the mirror, are your teeth stained? If that is the case then a whitening procedure could be the best solution.
Contact us at Thurston Oaks Dental for more information. We will be glad to answer any questions. Call us at (360) 514-9212 so we can start planning your whitening procedure at your convenience. Why wait?