Teeth whitening uses bleaching agents to improve the appearance of teeth. The stains on your teeth can be lightened by several shades, depending on the bleaching agent used. At Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A, whitening procedures use a light-activated bleaching gel, which can make your teeth up to 8 shades lighter after a visit. Your dentist in Topeka, KS may offer at-home whitening kits for use either before or instead of in-office whitening.
The at-home whitening kits use custom-fitted trays so that you get a proper fit. The whitening gel is inserted into the tray, which you then wear over your teeth. In some cases, the trays can be worn overnight. Over-the-counter whitening kits are less powerful and may not work as well.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by many things, including poor oral hygiene, tooth decay, or genetics. Even if someone brushes their teeth regularly, they can still develop stains. Particular food and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and tomato sauce, can stain teeth. Tobacco products, such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco, can also stain the teeth. Highly pigmented foods, such as curry, mustard, or soy sauce, can also cause tooth discoloration.
What Happens During the Procedure?
You may wear protective eyeglasses or protective shields to protect your mouth and eyes. An antimicrobial solution may be applied to your gums to help reduce any irritation. Your dentist places a protective barrier over your gums.
Next, your dentist applies a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. This agent is either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. After the whitening agent is used, your dentist may shine a special light on your teeth to encourage the whitening agent to work. The time you remain in the office will depend on the whitening agent used and your teeth' sensitivity to it.
Professional vs. Over-The-Counter Products
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are not as strong as professional options. They can only remove surface stains and will not lighten tooth color. Professional teeth whitening treatments are more potent than at-home whitening kits. They can remove discoloration from deep within the tooth enamel. They can also brighten tooth color by several shades.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Treatment with whitening gel can improve the appearance of stained teeth by removing plaque and bacteria from the tooth surface. This gel is carefully applied to the teeth, and a special light is used to help the gel penetrate the surface of the teeth. This process whitens teeth by removing stains and discoloration. The sensitivity associated with teeth whitening is minimal.
Teeth whitening is a safe method of lightening the color of your teeth. To discover more about the perks of teeth whitening, visit Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A. at 1244 SW Oakley Ave, Topeka, KS 66604, or call (785) 357-7706.