Teeth Whitening at Sunset Dental
The white outer part of your tooth, also known as the enamel, can go from bright to not-so-bright over time. Why does this happen and what can our dentist to do fix it?
Coffee, tea and red wine have color pigments (chromogens) that can stain your teeth. Tobacco is not good for your lungs, or your teeth. Tobacco contains tar (naturally dark) and nicotine, which turns into a yellowish substance.
Over time, the enamel layer gets thinner, and more of your dentin (softer, darker area below the enamel) starts showing through. Also, your teeth may change color if they get injured because your teeth create more dentin in those circumstances.
Some medications such as antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications may contribute to discoloration. Young kids exposed to antibiotics (tetracycline and doxycycline) may have tooth discoloration later in life.
You have probably heard of whitening toothpastes that can be bought in stores. These pastes do not contain professional level bleach and do not significantly change the color of teeth. There are also at-home bleaching kits or whitening strips that you can buy in a store.
However, none of these at-home products are as strong and effective as professional bleaching products that are used by dentists. These professional strength bleaches usually include hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
In-office tooth bleaching, also known as chair-side bleaching, can usually be done in one visit. Your dentist will first put a protective gel over your gums or a rubber shield over your gums.
The dentist will then apply a professional-level bleaching agent to your teeth. Your dentist may also use a laser or another type of special light to make the bleaching more effective.
Your smile is one of your most important features, so if you’re serious about getting your teeth whitened, you need to visit our experienced 89014 dentist for a professional whitening treatment.