In this world of cosmetics, teeth whiteness has become a very important concern for patients and their dentists. No matter how many procedures one goes through improving the different facial parts, it isn’t complete until the smile looks clean and white. When we bleach teeth, our patients have certain expectations. Many dentists absolutely agonize over what technique to use… what products to use… what results they can promise their patients… what they should realistically expect themselves. Cutting through all the hype can be quite difficult.
Teeth become discolored because of aging, consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may contribute to the discoloration as well.
Almost anyone may benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your dentist can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam and shade assessment. Many people whiten their teeth because a bright sparkling smile can make a big difference.
Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, it is considered as the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. It is not recommended however, for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women. Teeth sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The light we use generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. It is completely reversible and will not damage any teeth or gum tissue.
After a teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before if you do the recommended maintenance such as flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with a lower concentrate of bleaching gel once or twice a month.
Our office utilizes the deep bleaching technique in conjunction with the regular chairside teeth whitening procedure. The result is so much more dramatic that our patients are truly happy and satisfied. “Deep Bleaching” was developed by a dentist in Orange County, who’s patients came all the way from the East Coast because his technique was so effective. We learned this technique and incorporated it to the teeth whitening procedure as an added service to our patients.
If you would like a free teeth whitening consultation, please call us at 619-464-2801 for an appointment.