Get Back Your Healthy-Looking Teeth With Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening, here in America, white teeth, or the persona of people having white, is actually kind of a success thing. It seems to be the whiter your teeth, the more success you have and the better you feel about yourself. The persona is that you’re healthy. Here we do in-house bleaching which is actually sitting down and spending a couple of hours here whitening your teeth.
Also, we have a lot of take-home products that you can do, there’s different strengths of whitening material, so you can do some that you sleep in all night long, or you can do something that you just get up and while your in the shower in the morning for 10 minutes or so, do it, because the strength is increased.
There’s also some limitations on what kind of teeth that you have so we actually examine that to tell you what your results will be so you don’t feel like you’re going to have this great … I hear a lot of commercials all the time, “You do this and your teeth will be white.” Well, not always. We try to evaluate them and be truthful and honest of what your results will be.
Like it or not, people judge you by your appearance. If you head straight to a nice restaurant after working around the house all day, wearing torn jeans and a dirty shirt, they’ll just assume you don’t have the money to pay for dinner and will try to find some way to make you leave, or just treat you poorly. Sadly, the same is true for your teeth. If your smile is dark and yellow thanks to years of coffee, tobacco, or soda, people are going to take one look at that dingy smile and make some not-so-nice assumptions about you. Worse, your confidence can get pretty low once you realize that. Helping your teeth get back to their original, healthy color will do wonders for your self-esteem and how others see you.
What Causes Teeth To Lose Their White Color?
The enamel on your teeth is translucent, so there are actually two ways for teeth to lose their healthy white color. Some people’s teeth get dark from the inside, with makes the enamel outside look darker or yellow. This can be caused by injuries to the tooth or unusual side effects of medication taken when you were younger. While this internal “stain” is unusual, it cannot be fixed with teeth whitening.
However, external stains can be treated. This is when tiny, natural imperfections in your enamel get stained by foods (such as tomato sauce), drinks (such as coffee, tea, and soda), or tobacco products. Your teeth can look yellow, brown, or just dingy.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
In a teeth whitening treatment, a bleaching agent is applied to the outside of your teeth. At our Boone, NC dental office, we use Opalescence take-home trays (they look like mouthguards) filled with a gel containing that bleaching agent. Beforehand, we take a mold of your teeth so we can create a custom tray that will fit comfortably and completely. You simply place the tray on your teeth, wait a little bit, then remove it. After a few weeks, you will be done, and your teeth will look so much better.
Can’t I Just Buy The Stuff In The Drugstore?
Most drugstores offer some over-the-counter teeth whitening products such as toothpaste and their own take-home trays. However, the bleaching agent in these is much weaker than what’s in our Opalescence teeth whitening trays. That’s how they can sell them over the counter. Plus, teeth whitening toothpastes can contain abrasive agents to scratch away stains. The problem is that this can erode the enamel as well. By using our Opalescence teeth whitening take-home trays, you get the convenience of taking care of things at home but with the professional strength to make it all worthwhile.
- Anita K.VIEW MORE PATIENT TESTIMONIALS