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Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures out there. That’s because almost everyone considers whitening their teeth at some point in their lives. It’s one of the quickest and most effective ways to immediately improve the aesthetic and cosmetic quality of your smile. With teeth whitening, you can remove the stains and discoloration on your teeth.

You have a lot of options when it comes to teeth whitening. You can go for professional in-office teeth whitening, you can go for home teeth whitening but using dental trays, and you can also use over-the-counter teeth whitening products. However, the last of these methods — over-the-counter teeth whitening products — is largely ineffective and may also damage your teeth further.

Sun Ridge Smiles is one of the best clinics for teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures. We will carefully examine your teeth to decide which teeth whitening procedure is most suitable for you. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of the teeth whitening procedure.

Necessity of Teeth Whitening

To understand the importance of teeth whitening, you need to first understand what’s the source of your teeth’s color to begin with. The color of your teeth depends on factors like the thickness of your enamel, the color of the dentin layer, and the porousness and stains on your enamel.

The thicker your enamel, the whiter your teeth appear. Over the years, general wearing off of enamel makes them thin out, which makes your teeth look discolored. This isn’t something you can control and teeth whitening can’t fix this. Your teeth may also appear discolored because of the underlying dentin layer — you can’t control that either. Furthermore, you may also have genetic or intrinsic stains on your enamel — that’s also something you can’t control.

As such, there are plenty of factors that you can’t control. But you can control the biggest cause of discolored and stained teeth — surface stains on your enamel. As you go through life, your enamel gets stained because of various factors like consumption of tea and coffee, poor oral hygiene, smoking, etc. As such, over time, your teeth start looking yellower because of the thinning of enamel and the accumulation of surface stains.

Teeth whitening procedure is necessary for those who want to get rid of all the surface stains. Teeth whitening bleaches the surface of your teeth so your teeth appear completely bright and clean. After determining the root cause of your discoloration, the dentist works accordingly to whiten your teeth.

As previously mentioned, you may have discolored or yellowed teeth for several factors beyond surface stains as well. In those cases, no matter how much teeth whitening products you use, it won’t make any difference. That’s why it’s important to consult a dentist so you can discuss your teeth whitening options.

Teeth Whitening Procedure

During your consultation with the dentist, they’ll take photographs of your teeth so they can monitor the progress during the teeth whitening procedure. They’ll also determine the root cause of your stained teeth and curate a treatment procedure. There are two types of in-office teeth whitening procedures — vital whitening and non-vital whitening.

Vital Whitening

This is the teeth whitening procedure that most people go for. This is done on regular teeth that still have their live nerves, i.e., teeth that haven’t gone through a root canal procedure. In this case, the dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to the surface of your teeth and use a special light to catalyze the bleaching process. Within 30 to 90 minutes, your teeth will appear a lot brighter and whiter. You may need several sessions of teeth whitening.

 

Non-Vital Whitening

Have you gone through a root canal procedure recently? If so, you may not have live nerves in your teeth — and it’s likely that the discoloration may be coming from within the teeth. As such, the dentist will apply the whitening gel inside the affected tooth and place a temporary filling over it. After a few days, the dentist may repeat the procedure until you achieve the desired shade.

 

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Some people prefer to whiten their teeth at home instead of repeatedly going to the dentist’s office. In this case, you should still go for an initial consultation so the dentist can identify the root cause of your stains and create a custom whitening strip for you. Wear the whitening strip regularly for two to three weeks to see a change in the shade of your teeth.

Maintaining White Teeth

The following tips will help you keep your teeth white:

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t consume beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine.
  • Maintain oral hygiene and go for regular dental cleaning appointments every six months.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

Teeth whitening solutions actually work if you have surface stains on your enamel. However, if you have intrinsically stained teeth from childhood or because of the wearing off of enamel, teeth whitening may not work.

You should not opt for over-the-counter teeth whitening products because they’re largely ineffective and may even have toxic components. Instead, consult a dentist and ask them to create a whitening strip for you.

While there aren’t any risks of teeth whitening, your teeth may be sensitive for a while after the treatment. Pregnant women, however, should avoid teeth whitening because the whitening gel can affect the baby.

The effects of teeth whitening last for about a year or more, depending on the quality of your oral hygiene.

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Sun Ridge Smiles is one of the best dental clinics for teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures because we carefully examine the root cause of your discolored teeth and create a treatment plan accordingly. For more information, please schedule your teeth whitening appointment today.