Have you reached a point where you recognize that your smile isn’t how you would like it? If you are finding that even making concerted efforts to brush your teeth thoroughly is not rendering the result you like, then it may be a great time to consider a professional teeth whitening.
What are the causes of teeth discoloration?
Teeth discoloration is caused by external and internal factors. Internal causes are mainly because of genetic impact and aging process, and external causes are from consumptions of food and beverages with a strong color agent such as coffee, tea, berries, etc. The use of tobacco and smoking also cause external discoloring on teeth.
Meeting with our dentist before proceeding to teeth whitening will help you determine the causes of your discoloration and solutions. It is very important to receive expert help to reduce the risk of weakening your oral health.
Why does teeth whitening require professional consultation?
Teeth whitening is a process of bleaching your teeth to make them a few shades lighter than normal. Therefore, any use of whitening kit, tools, paste, strips, gels for yet identified the cause or any excessive use of the method without professional prescription might increase the risk of enamel loss, or other dental risks.
With our at-home method, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth set to customize your mouthguard. Then, you will be instructed on how to use your most suitable bleaching gel with the mouthguard at home. Ideally, bleaching gel can be used up to eight hours each time when you take the rest at night, and the whole process takes about two to four weeks.
During the treatment, you will be advised to consume the least possible of strong colored food and beverages and to change smoking habits. The after result also lasts longer if you keep practicing the new habits.
Another available option for a quicker result is laser whitening, in which the bleaching product is layered on your teeth and activated when identified by laser. This method takes only an hour.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The result varies between people; typically it lasts from one to three years. To keep your smile bright and confident, restrict chances of strong coloring food and drinks consumption, and avoid smoking. You are also advised to drop by our office for a check-up every six months.
Ready to move forward with getting your best smile? Give us a call today at (951) 383-6858 (Temecula) or (951) 667-1595 (Riverside). Dr. Parul Mehta & Accosiates is a dedicated dental team serving Temecula, Riverside, and surrounding communities.