Reasons to undergo teeth whitening at home with help from your Walnut Creek dentist
Many people, as they reach adulthood, begin to notice that their smiles are not as bright and brilliant as they once were. Stains on teeth are sneaky. They develop over time, taking years to affect the smile to a point where we notice. Discoloration of teeth is a natural process that simply cannot be avoided, even with excellent oral hygiene and regular cleanings. Although these steps can make a significant impact on the pace at which staining takes place, our teeth are porous and absorb some of the microscopic molecules present in foods and beverages.
When you crave a brighter smile, you have several options to accomplish your goals. Today, there is a wide array of whitening products easily obtainable, and extremely affordable. Whitening toothpastes abound, so much so that it can be difficult to find toothpaste that doesn't say "whitening" on the label! It is easy to get excited about the promises of polished, white teeth when browsing the toothpaste aisle.
Whitening toothpastes do have some merit. However, they work far differently than more advanced forms of teeth whitening, such as bleaching. Toothpastes that brighten the smile do so by scraping the top surface of enamel. These cleansers contain some form of abrasive, such as hydrated silica, to varying concentrations. While removing surface stains quickly, through twice a day brushing, can make a bit of difference in the shade of teeth, stains that have settled into the teeth cannot be removed with whitening toothpaste. Hence, results are limited.
Commercial whitening strips produce dismal results at best. Some people have reported seeing a visible change in the color of teeth where the strips were placed. However, because strips are made with straight edges, they tend to leave the top portion of teeth uncovered and a visible line between whitened and unwhitened tooth structure. On the flip side, such strips may be placed in a way to cover all tooth structure, but then contact gum tissue and cause irritation.
There are several reasons to undergo teeth whitening at
home with help from Walnut Creek dentist
, Dr. Alkhoury. Teeth whitening is done because you want to see a noticeable difference in the shade of teeth. Commercial strips rarely provide such results. You also want your smile to look and feel healthy. When gums become irritated from commercial products, or enamel is worn away from the daily use of abrasive toothpastes, oral health suffers. When you want a bright, beautiful, healthy smile, your dentist is your ticket to fast, long-lasting results.
At-home teeth whitening with your dentist aids the process because we create custom fitted trays that hold whitening gel against the teeth, where it is most effective. Gel does not reach gum tissue in trays that are designed by your cosmetic dentist. Furthermore, our trays will last for years, so you can easily perform maintenance whitening when needed.
Brentwood Family Dentistry offers excellent cosmetic services tailored to meet your needs and budget. Contact us today for your teeth whitening treatment and enjoy your most beautiful smile.