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It's easier than ever to have a brighter, whiter smile!

Have you been wondering what it would be like to have whiter teeth and a brighter smile? You are not alone. When asked about what they would like to change about their smile, most people responded that they wanted whiter teeth. Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is an easy way to brighten yellow, stained teeth and remove any discoloration. Isn't it time you enjoyed the white smile you've always desired?

How Do Teeth Get Stained and Discolored?

Teeth are made up of outer enamel, and inner dentin layers. When you consume foods or beverages with staining agents such as coffee or red wine, a coating called a pellicle film begins forming on your enamel. If not removed by careful brushing and dental cleanings, the pellicle film will start to enter your tooth through the porous enamel surface.

Over time, you will notice your teeth becoming more and more stained and discolored. Once the stains are not on the surface anymore and they enter your enamel, regular brushing or dental cleanings can't remove them. You will need teeth whitening treatments to bleach your teeth and lift the stains. You can enjoy whiter teeth once again!

Can whitening work on any teeth?

Teeth whitening will work best on yellow teeth. Ones that are gray or brown will not respond as well. Additionally, teeth discolored due to trauma or medication do not usually respond to whitening. Tooth whitening does not work on restorations such as fillings, crowns, or dentures, but if used on surrounding teeth, it will not cause damage.

Is teeth whitening safe?

While brushing your teeth aggressively or abusing your teeth in any way can damage them, tooth whitening has been shown to be safe, especially when performed at a dentist’s office. During the whitening process, the ingredients used will open the pores in your teeth temporarily and will lift the stains.

Experiencing some tooth sensitivity during the whitening process is normal. Your teeth may become temporarily dehydrated, reducing their ability to insulate the nerve from temperature changes. Tooth sensitivity is a temporary condition that will soon resolve. After each tooth whitening session, your teeth will naturally remineralize and rehydrate.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Also known as chairside bleaching, in-office teeth whitening delivers the best teeth whitening results. We will start by cleaning your teeth carefully and will place a barrier on your gums for protection. We will apply hydrogen peroxide or carbamide paste or gel directly onto your teeth. The bleach works to break up and lift any stains, resulting in significant whitening of your teeth.

The results with in-office treatments are far superior to those you will experience with at-home whitening. The reason is the concentration of professional bleaching agents is much more than that of over the counter products. Many patients report seeing notable results after only one treatment, but several treatments are needed to achieve the most dramatic whitening. 

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Whitening toothpaste: Every type of toothpaste on the market contains a mild abrasive that works to remove surface stains. A whitening toothpaste comes with gentle polishing or chemical agents, providing additional stain removal. A whitening toothpaste does not contain bleach and will work only to remove surface stains. You may achieve one shade of lighter teeth, unlike in-office treatments that lighten your teeth up to eight shades.

Whitening gels and strips: These clear peroxide-based tooth whitening agents are placed directly on the surface of your teeth. You may start seeing results in a few days, with final results lasting up to four months. 

Teeth whitening trays: Most of the teeth whitening products you will find on the market are similar whitening ingredients. The difference is the device used to hold the whitening agent against the tooth. A custom-fitted whitening tray will ensure that every angle of your teeth receives similar coverage, eliminating the possibility of inconsistencies and delivering a beautiful smile.

What results to expect

There is no product available on the market that will deliver the desired whitening in a few minutes or a day. It is impossible for any tooth whitening agent to penetrate deep enough into your teeth safely in that short amount of time. Tooth whitening is a process that could take up to several months to deliver the desired results.

If you have severe staining, you need to be patient with the process, and you need to know that each whitening treatment you receive works to lift years of stains. The degree of whiteness you achieved will vary from one person to another and will depend on the level of staining, the condition of the teeth, and the type of whitening system used.

While teeth whitening delivers stunning results, they are not permanent. If you continue to expose your teeth to staining agents, the discoloration will return. Even with the most meticulous care, you will likely require touch up treatments to maintain your white smile.

Are you ready for whiter teeth?

Contact us at Lake Oak Dental to learn more about teeth whitening and our different cosmetic procedures. We are here to answer all your questions and to provide you with an experience second to none. We are here to help you enjoy a whiter, brighter smile!