Are you bothered by the color of your teeth? Relax, because there is a simple yet effective solution to solve the problem. Whether your teeth are stained or discolored, at Smiles for Health we will find the best way to whiten them so that we can restore your confidence as well as the beauty of your smile. Both bleaching and non-bleaching products are usually used to make teeth appear whiter. However, it is only after a consultation with your dentist, that it can be determined which product is most suitable. At-home teeth whitening products are also available over-the-counter but it is still important to consult with a dentist.
But before you rush to whiten your teeth, here are some facts to know before the upcoming National Teeth Whitening Day;
Just like the skin, your teeth are porous and can absorb anything that you put on them. This is why habits like drinking too much coffee and wine or smoking can over time lead to stained teeth. Teeth whitening products, therefore, have to be absorbed into the teeth to become effective. For bleaching products, they work through a chemical reaction that breaks apart the staining compounds. The main ingredient responsible for the reaction is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Non-bleaching whitening products on the other hand work by physically getting rid of the stains or discoloration through the use of abrasive agents like toothpaste.
Your dentist in Carlsbad, CA, will let you know that the teeth whitening treatment does not provide instant results. You will not walk into a dental clinic with stained or discolored teeth and walk out in an hour with a smile 7 shades brighter. It can take just 4 days or even months to see the results you want. You will need to have the procedure performed a couple of times before you can see any changes in the color of your teeth. The whitening agent used and the severity of discoloration is what will determine how much your smile improves. A difference of 2 to 3 shades can significantly improve your smile but you can achieve up to 9 shades bright depending on the course of treatment.
Teeth whitening is generally safe, provided that it is done in the right way. Most patients report few to no side effects and are able to achieve a brighter smile with no alarming complication. The most common side effect associated with whitening is tooth sensitivity. The whitening procedure exposes your dentin layer and thus you may experience sensitivity for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist will usually advise you on how to deal with the issue to minimize discomfort.
Another potential side effect is soft tissue irritation that occurs when the gums are exposed to the whitening agents. You will notice that your gums turn white but after a while, they return to their normal color. In extreme cases though, the gum tissue becomes inflamed, and turns red, and there may be pain and bleeding too. To avoid this, always have your teeth whitened by a professional.
In an attempt to improve the teeth whitening process, dentists are investing in modern technologies for teeth whitening. At Smile for Health, we now offer ZOOM whitening services. So, what is ZOOM teeth whitening? It is a bleaching process performed at the dentist’s office using the ZOOM Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to speed up the bleaching process. It takes less than an hour and your teeth need to be cleaned prior to the procedure. Your lips and gums will then be covered, exposing only the teeth which will be covered in Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel, and then the ZOOM light is used to help the gel penetrate the teeth and loosen the stains.
ZOOM is not necessarily the best way to whiten teeth. depending on your needs, your dentist will always advise on the best approach to take for a whiter smile. There are other teeth whitening options near you available such as Sinsational Smile®️ teeth whitening. Also, when it comes to home-based whitening kits, there are different brands to choose from with each having its own pros and cons.