Professional Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

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As the saying goes, a smile is worth a thousand words. I believe it’s worth a lot more that. This is why everyone wants to have the brightest smile in the room. To have that million dollar smile, many think you also need ultra-white teeth.

Sadly, this is hardly ever the case for most people. Smoking, drinking dark-colored drinks, and not taking care of teeth are some of the reasons most people do not have sparkling white teeth. Aging also makes the teeth less white as the dentin gets darker and the enamel becomes thinner.

Luckily, cosmetic teeth whitening provides a perfect solution to this problem. Teeth whitening helps lighten teeth by removing all types of stains and discoloration on your teeth. Cosmetic teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures as everyone wants to have sparkling white teeth.

Ever wondered why teeth look white? This post explains that as well as why your teeth get stained:

The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The color of natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel, combined with the color of the dentin under it. Your genes affect the thickness and smoothness of the enamel. Thinner enamel allows more of the color of the dentin to show through. Having smoother or rougher enamel also affects the reflection of light and therefore the color.

Every day, a thin coating (pellicle) forms on the enamel and picks up stains. Tooth enamel also contains pores that can hold stains.

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The fact that the enamel covering the outside of our teeth is translucent, which allows the layer of dentin below to show through explains why it’s so difficult to achieve that perfect smile. The thickness of your enamel will determine how white your teeth look along with factors that are out of your control like your heredity.

What Are My Options?

Cosmetic teeth whitening isn’t a one-time procedure, but a process that must be repeated a few times to sustain the bright color. There are 2 common types of teeth whitening procedures; Vital and Non-vital teeth whitening.

For teeth with live nerves, vital whitening is performed while non-vital whitening is for teeth that have had a root canal and no longer have working nerves. A special gel that contains hydrogen peroxide is applied to the patient’s tooth surface.

A specialized light activates the special gel to expedite the bleaching process. A visit to the dentist’s office for this procedure takes approximately an hour.

Here’s a video on how the process works:

Depending on your teeth’s’ condition, you may need a few more appointments to get the results you want. The dentist may also provide you with a fitting mouthpiece and a whitening gel if you prefer to do the procedure at home. The mouthpiece is filled with the gel and worn for a number of hours every day.

Cost and Safety With Whitening Your Teeth

A typical teeth whitening procedure for most dentists around the country costs around $650 on average but depends on various factors. Your location makes a difference, but how quickly you want to results also matters.
If you don’t want to visit a dentist, you can also buy a full teeth whitening kit that comes with the gel and the equipment you need to make your smile great again. There are plenty of manufacturers making home teeth whitening kits, most of which are available online.

If you’re wondering if this procedure is safe, here’s more from the American Dental Association:

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The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a bleaching product, you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment. The dentist and patient together can determine the most appropriate treatment. The dentist may then advise the patient and supervise the use of bleaching agents within the context of a comprehensive, appropriately sequenced treatment plan.

Whitening is for the most part safe if it is done correctly. Be sure and do your homework to find a reputable Southern California cosmetic dentist that has done plenty of these procedures and takes the proper precautions to make sure they protect your invaluable asset – Your smile.