Through years of wear and tear, teeth can become dark and sometimes yellow. While certain habits like drinking lots of coffee, wine, or soda do accelerate yellowing, even simple aging can cause teeth to become discolored. Seeing your dentist for teeth whitening is a great way to get a brighter smile that will boost your self-esteem and overall confidence, we have a $25 exam X-ray and cleaning.
Over the past few decades, teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure for Americans. In fact, it’s estimated that 10 million Americans will spend almost two billion dollars on teeth whitening every year.
The basics of teeth whitening
The first thing to understand is that your all of your teeth are made up of an inner and outer layer called dentin and enamel, respectively. After eating, drinking, or smoking, a layer or pellicle film begins to develop over the layer of enamel. While brushing can help destroy some of this layer, it will remain on your teeth for years.
Tooth whitening helps to brighten teeth and remove stains or discoloration by causing a chemical reaction that breaks down these staining compounds located in the pellicle layer. Tooth whiteners are made up of either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide which break down break down these staining materials and whitens your teeth.
In-office teeth whitening
There are many advantages to getting your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office rather than doing ityourself at home. First, the dentist will gently clean your teeth and place a protective barrier around your gums. Next, the dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide paste on the teeth for a few minutes before rinsing it off and reapplying it. Four to six shades and about forty minutes later, you’re done!
Another advantage of whitening your teeth at a dentist’s office is having the supervision needed to ensure proper whitening and safety. Dentists can also screen patients to make sure they’re proper
candidates for teeth whitening.
If you’re interested in teeth whitening or want to know if you’re a candidate for the procedure, contact us today!