Teeth Whitening is the most common service in cosmetic dentistry. Over time, teeth can become stained or darken due to hereditary genes, aging, or lifestyle choices. Teeth whitening can be an excellent way of restoring natural teeth color or even whiter than natural preference. If appropriately maintained, the results can last for years. Professional teeth whitening treatments with Integrated Dental Arts can erase years of staining and restore a healthy and more youthful look, as well as bring back confidence to your smile.
What is Tooth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a quick and painless procedure that uses tooth bleach. Tooth bleaching is the process of lightening the color of teeth. Teeth whitening is not permanent but can be maintained through proper oral hygiene. Every four to six months, Touch-up treatments can extend the results, as can visiting the dentist regularly, maintaining a proper oral care hygiene routine, and avoiding smoking and dark beverages. These can help to keep your teeth white and healthy.
What can stain my teeth?
Chemical compounds called chromogens give particular food and drink their intense color, and they can stain our teeth. Food and drinks containing a substance called tannin can also stain your teeth. Acids can wear on your teeth as well, which increases the chance of stains setting in on your teeth. Some foods and drinks are more likely culprits than others, such as coffee, tea, soda, red wine, curry, and blackberries.
What can you do about tooth staining and maintaining your whitened teeth?
Although certain things can make you more prone to staining, the most significant factor is poor oral hygiene. Here are a few simple measures you can take to help keep your teeth healthy and maintain your new white smile. Begin with limiting contact with staining food and drink, rinse your mouth out with water after drinking or eating something staining, and use straws for dark beverages. Chewing gum that contains xylitol can help stimulate more saliva, which helps clean your mouth. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, visit the dentist frequently, and eat plenty of crunchy fruits and veggies as they boost saliva and scrub your teeth, acting as natural stain removers.
In-office teeth whitening is quick and easy and can produce results up to 10 shades lighter. In-office, a protective barrier is placed on your gums, and then a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel is applied. The ingredients within the gel will be activated by a special light. Gel product contains potassium nitrate and fluoride to reduce sensitivity and improve your oral health. Depending on the desired shade, the process may be repeated more than once. The results will depend on the severity and source of stains.
Take-home teeth whitening is the most convenient method of teeth whitening. A do-it-at-home kit is provided, utilizing custom fill trays and maximum strength bleaching gel. At home, you fill the trays with gel and fit the trays over the teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily. The gel will remove stains because it contains fluoride. The gel reduces sensitivity and strengthens your tooth enamel. After some time, your teeth will look considerably more white.
Call and Set up an appointment at Integrated Dental Arts in Greeley, CO.
Everyone should feel confident and happy about their teeth and smile. If brightening your teeth and smile is something you wish to achieve, call us at Integrated Dental Arts and set up a consultation to see if our teeth whitening treatments are right for you.