In Brentwood, laser teeth whitening may not be necessary to achieve optimal results
The process of removing stains from teeth has been in constant development for centuries. That's right! Historians tell us that ancient Egyptians would polish their teeth using a combination of ground pumice and vinegar. At that time, whiter teeth were a sign of wealth. In the time of horse and buggies, the caretaker of teeth was the same person who would cut hair. Yes, the barber was at one time responsible for hair and teeth. The teeth whitening method used by barbers, the filing down of teeth and application of nitric acid, proved too uncomfortable and too dangerous to remain a viable treatment option. Modern day teeth whitening has been with us for a few decades, after it was discovered that the peroxide used in gum treatments also whitened teeth.
Many options, same goal
The goal of all teeth whitening treatments is to reach colored molecules that have caused teeth to become dull or yellow. As we go through life, the foods and beverages that we regularly consume will leave deposits on enamel. Enamel is very hard but this material contains tiny pores through which microscopic particles can pass. It is the absorption of these small particles that causes our teeth to change in color.
What teeth whitening is intended to do is break up stain molecules in the pores of enamel. Some options, like those purchased at your local retailer, are not geared towards dramatic, lasting results. Products like whitening paste are similar to the method used in ancient Egypt, containing abrasive particles that polish the teeth. Store-bought strips are similar to what your dentist will offer; only containing very low concentrations of peroxide.
Professional whitening services like those offered by your Brentwood dentist contain the level of peroxide that has a powerful effect on stains while ensuring the preservation of soft tissues as well as tooth material. In the field of dentistry are numerous options as well. Today, one may choose laser teeth whitening, in-office whitening with special LED lighting, and home whitening.
What studies have shown is that the results achieved with the various professional treatments are all outstanding. One form of treatment doesn't really "out-do" another. Home whitening will lift as many shades as in-office whitening with Zoom! or laser technology but in a longer period of time. What this means is that the consumer can confidently choose which treatment best suits his or her needs in terms of timing and convenience.
At Brentwood Family Dental, we can help you brighten your smile with safe, effective treatment. Call 925-344-5296 for your visit with Dr. Jamil Alkhoury.
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