Dull, dreary, and stained teeth may be perfectly healthy; however, they definitely don't look healthy. A brighter smile not only enhances your smile but is also a sign of being vital.
The colour of your teeth is correlated primarily to age. Over the years, your teeth's protective enamel layer gets thinner, and the teeth tend to darken as a result of wear and tear. As you age, your teeth absorb a host of quite stubborn stains, which can prove a little difficult to get rid of.
Though age is a crucial reason for discoloured or yellow teeth, your eating habits, such as the consumption of caffeine, wine, and other beverages, can also contribute to staining. Consumption of citrus fruits can lead to teeth enamel erosion, making the teeth more transparent for the stains to show through. Some people also develop staining under the surface with the use of certain antibiotics. At last, smoking is considered one of the biggest reasons for stained teeth at an early age.
With teeth whitening, you get one of the easiest and most non-invasive options to enhance your smile. Even though teeth whitening is not a permanent solution to discolored teeth, you can still see substantial changes in the brightness of your teeth after the treatment. That being said, it is highly important to opt for regular touch-ups to maintain the effect of the whitening procedure.
At our clinic, we will first examine your mouth for any possible cavities and the health condition of your gum. With the procedure of teeth whitening, your teeth's surface color is restored by removing as much dirt and debris as possible. We start the procedure by applying a gel on your gum, which acts as a shield to protect them.
Then, the whitening gel would be applied directly to your teeth, along with a combination of heat, laser, or a specific light. This product is applied using a custom-made tray that would fit firmly in your mouth, similar to a mouth guard. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is generally used as the active agent in the gel for tooth whitening. Once the active ingredient breaks down and oxygen gets into the teeth enamel, it lightens the colour of your teeth. The complete procedure is ideally done within one hour; however, it may get extended depending on the condition of your teeth.
You will see a drastic improvement in the colour of your teeth post the procedure, but those with severe stains might need multiple whitening treatments. The effects of teeth whitening can last for a very long time. However, the lasting effect depends entirely on your lifestyle and eating habits.
There are several products available over-the-counter that you can use to whiten your teeth at home, not withstanding; the professional in-chair treatments at our clinic are typically faster, which give you more reliable results that tend to last for a long period of time. In addition, whitening kits available for home use aren't always accessed for safety and could damage your teeth.
The gels that are used in kits available at pharmacies and online stores don't have the same quality and concentration as professional-grade gels used at our clinic. For more information on our teeth whitening procedure, call and schedule an appointment with us today.