Your teeth may lose their natural luster due to factors like improper oral hygiene, smoking, or drinking alcoholic beverages. Once teeth become yellowish and stained, regular brushing will not help. There are teeth whitening options available. In some cases, you may need to visit the clinic for a cosmetic whitening procedure. If you want to polish up your smile and boost your confidence with teeth whitening or learn more about the process please contact us at Star28 Dental Clinic and let our professionals help you.
Before scheduling a visit for clinical teeth whitening, some patients try using various specialized products such as whitening toothpastes. These contain polishing agents which may be helpful in removing some of the staining, however, stubborn stains will not be removed. To eliminate these, professional whitening products can help. These professional liquid solutions contain hydrogen peroxide, a known whitening agent.
There are over-the-counter (OTC) whitening strips and gel type products too which are often used with mixed results. The gels and strips also contain peroxide and are applied on the surface. You must adhere to the specific usage guidelines. Another common product is teeth whitening rinses which are like mouthwashes but contain additional whitening agents.
The OTC whitening solutions may not be effective for all patients. The efficacy of such products is uncertain. For achieving long-term teeth whitening results, clinical treatment may be necessary.
When OTC teeth whitening methods fail to get the desired results, patients may opt for clinical services. Specialized bleaching solutions are typically used to eradicate yellowing of tooth enamel or dark stains on the teeth. These products tend to have better results at teeth whitening when compared to typical OTC products because of the higher quality liquid solutions used. Sometimes, the application of heat may be necessary. Our staff utilizes lasers for this. The whitening results occur within just a few hours of treatment. However, patients with deep stains may need to undergo several sessions for effective results.
In some cases, the patients may be given a mouthpiece tray customized to fit the size and alignment of their teeth. It is done to ensure a whitening solution or gel will remain in contact with their teeth. Measures are taken to ensure the gums are not affected by the solution.
While clinical teeth whitening procedures are likely to give better results than OTC whitening products, they are not permanent. The longevity of these procedures depends in part on the patient’s oral hygiene and dietary habits. Avoiding beverages and foods which could potentially stain your teeth is important as is proper tooth care and good oral hygiene. By doing these things, the effect of professional teeth whitening may last up to a year.
Typically, teeth whitening procedures are not recommended for those under sixteen years of age. Pregnant and lactating women are also advised to avoid these procedures. Additionally, individuals with sensitive gums and teeth should not undergo teeth whitening procedures as it could cause them pain.
Do you want to get back to your best smile and learn more about our teeth whitening services? Give Star28 Dental Clinic a call today at (714) 523-2828.