Many people are unhappy with the dull and stained appearance of their smiles, yet a large number of them still do not opt for professional teeth whitening. Some are hesitant and doubt the effectiveness of teeth whitening. They ask questions about its effectiveness and what professional whitening involves. It’s time that those questions were answered. Here to answer them is Dr. Deborha Staten.
Can teeth whitening remove all stains from teeth?
No. Teeth whitening treatments target only extrinsic stains (those that occur on the outer surface of teeth). Extrinsic stains develop over time and are often caused by foods and drinks with dark pigments such as blueberries, coffee, tea, soda, and red wine. Teeth whitening treatment uses a whitening solution that targets and removes these stains, often brightening teeth several shades.
However, teeth whitening treatment proves ineffective against intrinsic stains (those that occur in the interior of teeth). These stains are often the result of trauma, some medications, and overexposure to fluoride. If your teeth have intrinsic stains, Dr. Staten may recommend dental bonding or porcelain veneers to cover the stains and improve the appearance of your smile.
What does teeth whitening involve?
If you choose to receive teeth whitening treatment from your Las Vegas cosmetic dentist, Dr. Staten, you can elect to have your teeth whitened in the office or at home. In-office whitening involves the placement of a whitening solution on your teeth. This solution is then activated by a special light. The process typically takes about one hour, and its results are instant. At-home whitening typically takes a little longer. It requires patients to place trays filled with whitening gel over their teeth for a specified time each day. Within about two weeks, the full results show.
What separates professional teeth whitening from whitening strips and toothpastes?
The strength of the whitening agent separates professional whitening from the strips and toothpastes found in stores. The store-bought items simply don’t pack the punch of the professional products, making their results less dramatic.
Schedule a Visit with Your Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist
Do you want a smile that shines? Teeth whitening can brighten your smile and unleash your confidence. Contact Dr. Staten today by calling our office at 702-736-7979.