Many people experience some discoloration of their teeth over time. This can lead to a feeling of embarrassment and low self-esteem. There are various reasons for teeth discoloration, such as drinking coffee, tea, or soda, smoking cigarettes, hormonal changes due to puberty and pregnancy, medication, or even the foods we eat. These can make teeth look dull, yellowish, greyish, or brownish. But don't worry! We can help you get that beautiful smile you always wanted.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic procedure to brighten your teeth by removing the stains on their surface. This process involves the use of a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. It helps in removing stains by bleaching them away and restoring the natural color of your teeth.
What are the different types of teeth whitening procedures?
There are two types of whitening you can turn to get that bright white smile:
In-Office Teeth Whitening:
The dentist applies a protective gel over your gums and lips before applying the whitening gel to your teeth. The whitening gel is applied in three to four layers depending upon your treatment plan. This gel works by releasing oxygen ions that react with the stains on your teeth's enamel surface and removes them to reveal the lighter color of your natural teeth underneath. This procedure usually takes about an hour or more, depending upon the number of layers used for the whitening process. Your dentist may also advise you to wear a protective barrier while you wait for the results to manifest.
At-Home Teeth Whitening:
If your dentist recommends an at-home whitening procedure for you, then you will have to wear a custom-made tray over your teeth and fill it with a whitening gel for about half an hour every day till you get the desired results. The trays are generally made from plastic and are provided by your dentist after taking an impression of your teeth with a scanner. Ask your dentist for more information on at-home whitening procedures if you wish to try it out yourself at home!
What are the aftercare instructions?
Aftercare instructions may include avoiding citrus juices as they can lead to sensitivity in some patients after treatment and avoiding any other foods that stain the teeth like tea or coffee for several days after treatment. You may also be advised to use fluoride toothpaste which will help reduce staining.
Please reach out to our dental practice at 17952 SW Blanton St, Aloha, OR 97078, to have a consultation with our dentists. Call us at (503) 649-5665 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.