According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the most common thing that people want to improve about their smiles is whiter teeth. So you’re not alone in wanting to brighten your smile, and luckily there are many teeth whitening treatments available today. At Claremont Dental Arts in Claremont, California, Dr. Melissa Khurasany can help determine which whitening treatment will work best for your smile. Book a consultation today to get started.
There are many reasons why teeth can become yellow or stained, including:
While some of these can be avoided, tooth discoloration due to aging is just a part of growing older. Your enamel thins, so the dentin, a yellowish tissue below the enamel, shows through more.
It’s also possible to have stains on your teeth called intrinsic stains. These can be due to trauma or too much fluoride exposure as a child. Teeth whitening is not as effective on these types of stains, so you’ll want to book an appointment with Dr. Khurasany to see what she can do for your teeth.
Before beginning any teeth whitening treatment, you should book an appointment with Dr. Khurasany to discuss which products and methods will work best for your teeth. Here are some common whitening methods:
All toothpastes will help remove surface stains, but whitening toothpastes contain special polishing agents that provide extra help with stain removal. Whitening toothpastes don’t contain bleach, so they work on surface stains only.
Bleaching at the dentist’s office uses prescription strength product applied directly to the teeth, sometimes in combination with heat, light, or laser. Results are usually seen after just one appointment.
Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels use peroxide-based whitening product that has a lower concentration of bleaching agent. Results are usually seen over a period of a few weeks.
There are a few reasons why bleaching at the dentist’s office might be a better choice than over-the-counter kits:
Stronger bleaching agent
The dentist can offer a much higher concentration of bleaching agent, making it more effective.
Custom mouthpiece trays
Over-the-counter kits have one-size-fits-all mouthpiece trays that aren’t customized for you and don’t ensure comfort or maximum contact with the bleaching agent.
Your dentist will apply gel to your gums or use a rubber shield to protect them, whereas, with at-home kits, you don’t get this protection.
Even if you’re thinking about an over-the-counter teeth whitening kit, it’s a good idea to talk to Dr. Khurasany first, so she can discuss your options and make sure the ADA approves your kit. Teeth whitening doesn’t work on veneers, crowns, or fillings, and it doesn’t work on some types of stains. It’s best to book an appointment with Dr. Khurasany at Claremont Dental Arts, so she can help determine if teeth whitening is right for you.