|Professional Teeth Whitening: How It Works
Posted on 6/8/2020 by Thomas Wold, DMD
|Here at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend, we can help to get your teeth pearly white. One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening. The dental industry makes millions of dollars a year on this venture, but to get that truly sparkling white smile, your best option is to visit us for professional teeth whitening. Unlike household products which are expensive and often do not work as well as advertised, our dentists will give your teeth the tender loving care that they deserve and can last for years, depending on your daily oral habits.
Professional teeth whitening can be a simple, safe, and quick way to refresh your dull smile back to its former glory. The results can often be quite dramatic, and we never tire of seeing our patients happy as they walk out the door afterward. It will only take up to an hour and far surpasses those which you can purchase at your local department stores.
The biggest cause of stained teeth is what we put in our mouths, about food, drink, and smoking. Years of poor oral practices can lead to dull or yellow teeth. Age can also affect the color of teeth. The main culprits are tea, red wine, coffee, and dark foods like beetroot and cherries. Some medications can also contribute to the discoloration of the teeth over time. This is why professional teeth whitening with us is so popular and works well on the majority of patients that come into our office.
Asking you in for a dental examination before we decide on a process will help us analyze whether teeth whitening is the right procedure for you. We will determine the underlying cause of discoloration on your teeth, and if you are a suitable candidate for professional teeth whitening. The procedure can be done during the same session. Gum sensitivity and fillings may prevent the use of some products, so this may prohibit you from being the ideal candidate for our professional teeth whitening.
During the process, a gel is applied to the gums to protect them, and a hydrogen peroxide solution is applied to the teeth. Afterward, the teeth are exposed to a special bright light that forces the oxygen to be released. The stains are at this point lifted from the teeth, and the dentine is whitened. Another type of procedure, laser whitening, is similar but uses a laser to activate the oxygen compound.
Many people are concerned over hearing that the procedure can be uncomfortable, but our team will do what they can to help ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. While any discomfort caused is usually minimal, we may be able to prescribe a mild anesthetic for patients that are particularly anxious.
So, if you want to brighten up your smile, then come and see us for your next appointment. For more information about teeth whitening, call the experienced professionals here at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend at (541) 389-0261 today!