Tooth discoloration can be caused by the foods and drinks you consume, certain medications, or tobacco products. Regardless of its cause, however, tooth discoloration is purely cosmetic and can usually be effectively addressed using professional whitening at Essence of Dentistry.
Professional teeth whitening is the safest and most effective way to address tooth discoloration. During treatment, your dentist applies a special whitening agent to the surfaces of your teeth. The chemical in the whitening agent breaks down stains to reveal a whiter smile. Because our experienced dental team administers our professional whitening treatment, you can rest assured that qualified healthcare providers are performing your procedure. In addition to achieving beautiful results, you will enjoy better oral health after undergoing professional whitening. Your newly-whitened teeth will be less likely to develop decay in the future because plaque will not accumulate on the surface of your teeth as easily. With your smile looking bright and healthy, you can also experience a boost in confidence!
Types of Teeth Whitening
At-home whitening kits typically contain bleaching gels and trays or strips that fit over the teeth. You apply the gel to the teeth and wear the trays or strips for a few hours each day for a few weeks. Over-the-counter products often only provide minimal results, but they can be suitable for people who want to test the whitening process to see if they like it.
Professional teeth whitening is typically done by a dentist. The dentist applies a peroxide solution that has a higher concentration than those of drugstore kits, allowing them to see faster results. Unlike at-home treatments, professional cleanings can be done in a single visit. However, you may need more than one treatment to get your desired results.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Aside from giving your smile a whiter, more youthful appearance, teeth whitening has other benefits. For example, stains on teeth can be an indicator that there is bacteria buildup on the teeth. Excess plaque is also known to cause cavities and gum disease. By removing these stains and improving overall oral hygiene habits, patients can reduce the risk of future dental issues.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Teeth whitening is non-invasive, but like all other cosmetic procedures, patients should always consult their dentist before availing of this treatment. The dentists at Essence of Dentistry use the most advanced teeth whitening techniques to ensure that our patients get the results they expect in a single appointment.
After a teeth whitening treatment, patients should avoid foods and beverages that stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine, berries, and sports drinks, for about two weeks after completing the treatment. Some patients may be prescribed sensitive toothpaste to reduce inflammation after treatment.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that removes stains and discoloration from teeth to improve the smile's appearance. It can improve the overall brightness of the teeth and lighten teeth to your desired shade. To learn more about teeth whitening, contact Essence of Dentistry at 16300 Redmond Way #200, Redmond, WA 98052, or (425) 249-7789.