Let your dentist whiten and brighten your teeth
Teeth bleaching helps to eliminate stains and discoloration, resulting in whiter, brighter teeth and a healthier smile. Teeth bleaching is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures; it is fast, the results are quite remarkable and the cost is reasonable.
- Why so many patients opt for the procedure:
Teeth are actually made up of layers; the outermost layer is the enamel. The color of teeth is caused by reflections off the surface along with the color of the second layer which is the dentin. The qualities of the enamel are genetic, some people have smoother and thicker enamel, thinner enamel allows the color of the dentin to be more visible.
Over time teeth show the effects of smoking, drinking liquids such as red wine and coffee and of course, poor dental hygiene.
- Preparing for bleaching:
For the best results any existing dental issues should be addressed. If you have a cavity, it should be taken care of otherwise the bleaching solution can enter the inside of the tooth through the decayed area. Teeth bleaching does not work on teeth that have been veneered or fitted with a porcelain crown.
Once your teeth are in good condition the hygienist gives them a professional cleaning, this eliminates any traces of food, bacteria or other debris that contributes to staining. Once completed, the dentist in Tacoma WA can proceed with teeth bleaching.
- How is it done?
There are a few different approaches but the most popular uses a bleaching gel that the dentist applies to the surface of the teeth. The gel, which contains hydrogen peroxide, is activated when exposed to a laser or blue light.
The process takes anywhere between thirty minutes and an hour. The results after the initial treatment are good however to whiten and brighten your teeth to your satisfaction may take another couple of treatments. A lot has to do with how badly stained they were and how white and bright you want them.