Teeth whitening is necessary when your teeth have yellowed or darkened over time. The enamel on your teeth is naturally white, but as you age, you may make less saliva. Saliva present in your mouth helps to keep your teeth clean. Since saliva is diminished, your teeth become discolored. Certain beverages and foods can also cause your teeth to stain.
Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is the fastest and most effective way to remove stains and discoloration from teeth. The bleaching agent in the whitening gel is much stronger than the whitening agents in over-the-counter whitening products, so the results are more dramatic. However, In our practice, we use Opalescence® teeth whitening. This is a fast, in-office treatment that whitens teeth by up to eight shades in a single office visit. Opalescence is a whitening gel that is applied to your teeth and activated by the Opalescence warming lamp. The gel lifts stains from your teeth, and the gel is then rinsed off. This process is repeated until the desired shade of white is achieved.
This teeth whitening restores the natural beauty of your smile. The treatment brightens your teeth and lightens discolorations without the hassle of wearing trays or strips. The treatment is easy, quick, and affordable.
Home teeth whitening
You can whiten your teeth at home with over-the-counter whitening products. However, these products won’t be as effective as professional whitening. Whitening kits are a good choice if you want to whiten your teeth on a budget. However, you won’t be able to achieve the same results you would with professional whitening.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Teeth whitening is an effective way to brighten your smile. However, it’s not permanent. Some patients find that their results fade over time. There are many reasons your teeth may fade. Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth, among which coffee, tea, red wine, and soda are especially bad. Smoking can also stain your teeth, and the discolorations can easily spread to multiple teeth. If you regularly engage in any of these activities, you may want to schedule your whitening treatment again.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Bergeron Dental, call (907)-456-5600 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 3112 Airport Way, Suite 2, Fairbanks, AK.