Have you ever looked back at photos and cringed because your dull, discolored teeth were the focal point of the picture? You may have wished you realized your smile wasn’t up to par before the image was preserved forever. Well, it is not too late to improve the look of your smile with professional dental bleaching. Your Glendale, AZ teeth whitening dentist can dramatically transform your appearance by eliminated unsightly tooth stains.
Chromogens are natural dark pigments found in staining materials like tobacco, tea and coffee, blueberries, and soy sauce. In addition, high acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits, soda, and tomatoes weaken tooth enamel making it more susceptible to staining.
Although teeth enamel is very hard, the protective shell is also very vulnerable to demineralization. Substances like acid and sugar break down the tooth structure, causing decay, cavities, bad breath and discolorations. Therefore, it is very important to have good oral hygiene practices at home, and regular dental visits.
Also, certain prescription drugs are known for causing tooth staining. The natural aging process does so as well. All of these factors combined add up to a dull, yellowy, dingy smile.
Schedule an appointment with your Glendale, AZ dentist for a tooth whitening consultation. Dr. Pandya will perform a thorough exam to be sure your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape. If you have good oral health, he may recommend dental bleaching to brighten your smile up four shades whiter.
If you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening, you choose at-home or in-office treatment. Both methods are safe and effective, and the processes are monitored by your dentist. In addition, both whitening procedures involve the use of a highly concentrated professional grade hydrogen peroxide gel. This strong bleaching agent lifts stains and discoloration out of enamel, resulting in a brilliant white surface.
In-office teeth whitening will require a dentist visit and about an hour of your time. After preparing the gums and lips with a protective material, Dr. Pandya will then apply the bleaching gel on the front surface of your teeth. Your teeth will become whiter as the gel penetrates the enamel. The bleaching agent is rinsed off in 60 minutes and you are free to leave our office with your gleaming renewed smile.
The process of teeth whitening at home produces more gradual results. The bleaching agent is less concentrated. You will use custom-made trays to apply the gel. Bleaching trays are worn on both the upper and lower teeth. They allow for just the right amount of peroxide gel to penetrate teeth without leaking out onto the soft tissues of the mouth. By using the trays as directed each day you will achieve dramatic whitening improvement over the course of about a week.
Most people in the United States want whiter, brighter, more healthy-looking smiles. A gleaming stain-free grin can take years off your appearance. If you want to lighten tooth stains, yellowing, and other types of discoloration, call our Glendale dental office today.