Teeth whitening is one of the most useful and simple cosmetic dental procedures. It is the process of removing the stains or discoloration from the surface of the teeth to give you a brighter smile. Patients who get teeth whitening done usually display elevated levels of confidence, and they let out a more wholehearted smile.
Why do teeth stain?
Teeth stain or appear dull due to the following causes:
- When you eat a lot of colored foods or drinks, such as candies, coffee, aerated drinks, etc., the coloring particles tend to enter the porous structure of the enamel and stay lodged in there. This leaves a discolored appearance on them.
- Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes can discolor the teeth.
- In older individuals, the cause of teeth discoloration is usually aging. This happens due to the wear of the outer enamel, which exposes the inner layer of dentin, making the teeth appear yellowish in color.
- In rare cases, consuming certain medications can have an adverse effect on the color of the teeth. Also, if you suffer from a root canal infection, the infected tooth turns dull over time.
Teeth whitening procedures
At Mountain Dentistry, we offer several types of teeth whitening solutions based on your condition. The most popular ones are:
Conventional teeth whitening: In this method, we use a teeth whitening gel that is rich in Hydrogen peroxide. The gel essentially works as a dental bleach and whitens the teeth. The dentist applies the whitening gel on the teeth and will let it sit for a few minutes. During this, the gel liberates oxygen molecules that enter the porous structure of the teeth and remove the staining particles. If you require a higher level of whitening, you can repeat the procedure.
At-home teeth whitening: The dentist takes a mold of your teeth and uses it to fabricate plastic trays that are specifically used for teeth whitening. The dentist also gives you a whitening gel to use with the plastic trays. You can take them home and whiten your teeth at your convenience. You have to squeeze a small amount of whitening gel into the trays and put them on. Let them be for a few minutes, after which you can rinse the gel from your mouth. Repeat the procedure if necessary.
Laser teeth whitening: Laser teeth whitening is the most advanced and quickest means of whitening your teeth. The dentist applies a photosensitive whitening gel on your teeth and activates it using a laser of the right intensity. It produces foam and helps to speed up the whitening process. Laser teeth whitening can be used by individuals who run on a tight schedule to save time. Also, the results it produces are excellent and long-lasting.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (435) 645-8500 to have a consultation with Dr. Kimche, and we will be happy to help.