Brighten your smile with a professional tooth whitening
Our teeth turn yellow for many different reasons. This includes our diet, lifestyle, and many other factors. Teeth whitening treatment helps reverse this darkening effect to give you a whiter and brighter smile. Almost all teeth whitening treatments rely on using a high concentration of Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide. Once the peroxide is applied to your teeth surface, it becomes activated and penetrates deep into your teeth. Peroxide breaks down internal stains deep within your teeth and removes internal stains. As a result, the yellowness from your teeth is removed and you're left with a whiter and brighter smile.
There are many different ways to whiten your teeth. Here are some of the most common ways to whiten your smile:
- Teeth whitening toothpastes
- Peroxide-based whitening mouthwashes
- Do-it-yourself bleaching trays, such as Crest Whitestrips
- Take home custom whitening trays
- Professional teeth whitening at your dentist
It's always a good idea to discuss your whitening treatments with your dentist before starting any type of whitening procedure. It's important to identify what caused your teeth to turn yellow in the first place before seeking any type of treatment. Plus, factors such as tooth sensitivity, teeth stains, gum recession, existing restorations, etc. need to be taken into consideration beforehand.
If you want the absolute best results then you should talk to your dentist first. Whitening treatments offered by your dentist are far more effective than over-the-counter alternatives. This is because only your dentist is allowed to use the highest concentration of Peroxide solutions. How come? Highly concentrated Peroxide can be very dangerous if used unsupervised. It can cause your gums to burn or lead to tooth sensitivity, which may be permanent. Talk to your dentist about different teeth whitening options they offer to see if you're a candidate for in-office teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening at your dentist, often referred to as in-office teeth whitening, is the most effective way to bleach your smile. In-office teeth whitening is simple, quick, and extremely effective. The procedure is typically performed during a single hour-long session. Expect your teeth to become several shades whiter during this time. Here's a brief overview of how in-office teeth whitening is typically performed:
Preparation for teeth whitening procedure
Your dentist will examine your teeth before starting your teeth whitening treatment. If there are fillings, cavities, or crowns on your front teeth, they need to be taken into consideration before starting treatment. Once it is determined that you're a good candidate for in-office teeth whitening, you're ready to get started.
Teeth whitening is typically performed by the dental assistants under the direct supervision of your dentist. First, your dental team will isolate your gum tissues by placing a barrier on them. This barrier protects your gums against the strong bleaching gel. After isolating your gums, your dentist or dental assistant will carefully apply the whitening gel by making sure it is applied evenly to all teeth surfaces that are scheduled for whitening. The bleaching gel will remain on your teeth for the duration of the whitening procedure. This typically ranges from 30 minutes to one hour. Most bleaching systems also use a UV or LED light. This special light helps accelerate the breakdown of the bleaching gel to make it even more effective.
Teeth whitening post-op
Once your whitening treatment is complete, your dentist or dental team will remove the whitening gel and barrier from your mouth. Rinse and spit and clean up your mouth. You're now ready to show off your beautiful, pearly whites! Be sure to avoid staining products for the next several days. For more instructions on what to do after in-office teeth whitening click here.
Custom take-home trays are the second best way to whiten your smile, after in-office professional tooth whitening. Your dentist makes custom bleaching trays to fit your smile. These trays are made so that you can whiten your teeth at the convenience of your own home. Here's how take-home teeth whitening trays work:
Fabricating custom trays
Custom trays are to fit precisely to your teeth. Your dentist will fabricate custom trays using scans or impressions of your teeth. They have just enough space blocked out to accommodate the bleaching gel. Custom trays sit snug against your teeth and they directly apply the whitening gel to all desired teeth surfaces.
Wearing your custom trays
Start by brushing your teeth thoroughly to clean them. Carefully insert the bleaching gel into your custom trays. Apply the gel evenly onto areas planned for whitening. This includes the front surfaces of your front 6 to 10 teeth. Position the trays gently onto your teeth, making sure not to contaminate with any excess saliva. Gently remove any excess gel that has poured onto your gums to prevent gum irritation. Allow your custom trays to sit in your mouth as per the bleaching gel manufacturers recommendation or until you experience extreme tooth sensitivity. Wear times vary for different whitening gels and they range from 30 minutes to several hours. Talk to your dentist and experiment with different bleaching gels to see which one is going to give you the best results.
Give us a call today if you are interested in learning more about professional teeth whitening treatments. We offer several in-office and take-home teeth whitening options, including Zoom!, Boost and several other bleaching programs. Call us today at (949) 481-2540 or book your appointment online to get started. All whitening treatments are performed at our San Clemente, CA dental office. During your consultation, Dr. Jazayeri will access your teeth to see if you're a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. We will help you decide which whitening program is best suited to your needs. If interested, you could start your whitening treatment on the same day. Don't wait any longer and schedule your consult with us today and be amazed at how much whiter your teeth can become!
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To learn more about dental treatments related to teeth whitening, click on the following links:
- In-office Teeth Whitening Post-Op Instructions
- Take-Home Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Tooth Bonding