Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and most effective cosmetic dental procedures. It involves the removal of stains from the surface of the teeth, thereby giving you a brighter smile. Patients who undergo teeth whitening often find a drastic positive change in their facial appearance, which makes them feel more confident.
Common causes of teeth staining
- Excessive consumption of colored foods
- Improper brushing techniques
- Chewing tobacco
- Smoking cigarettes
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Ill effects of certain medication
What are the various teeth whitening options?
Conventional teeth whitening:This process involves the application of a teeth whitening gel on the surface of the teeth and allowing it to get rid of the stains. The whitening gel contains hydrogen peroxide which releases oxygen molecules when activated. These molecules penetrate the porous surface of the enamel and get rid of the staining molecules.
Custom tray whitening: In this process, we provide you with customized plastic trays that would fit your teeth perfectly. A prescribed amount of whitening gel will have to be used along with the tray while wearing it. The tray prevents the saliva from reducing the effectiveness of the whitening gel, thereby helping you get rid of the stains in a shorter period of time.
Laser teeth whitening:Laser teeth whitening involves the use of an accelerating laser that speeds up the whitening procedure. The photosensitive whitening gel will be applied on the teeth and the laser will be used to activate it. This produces a foam that is filled with oxygen molecules that enter the minute pores of the teeth, thereby getting rid of the stains and making the teeth look lighter in shade.
The teeth whitening procedure may be repeated multiple times depending on the severity of staining and the level of whitening required. At the end of the treatment procedure, you would have sparkling white teeth that you will love to flaunt while smiling and posing for pictures.
Call us at (850) 763 4545 or schedule an online appointment with Arzu Esroy, D.M.D. and we’ll be able to guide you further.