Lifetime Dental Specializes in Teeth Whitening in Lake Forest
Teeth stains are impossible to avoid due to the consumption of various foods, drinks such as soda and coffee, tobacco use and even some medications. Having stained teeth can lower one’s self-esteem and make one feel self-conscious when they smile. In the past, teeth whitening caused concern for harming the teeth. Thankfully, advanced teeth whitening technology has allowed teeth to be whitened without adversely affecting the tooth structure.
Most whitening methods are very similar to one another in concept, however, some methods are more effective than others due to the way whitening material is delivered to the teeth. Additionally, the concentration of the material plays a role in how effective the method is, which is why less potent over-the-counter whitening systems usually don’t give patients the results they are hoping for.
How Teeth Get Stained
Light reflects off of the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, and is combined with the color of dentin, the bony tissue under the enamel, and creates the color of your teeth. Every day, a thin coating forms on the enamel and picks up stains, and the enamel contains pores, which can hold onto the stains. Using tobacco, drinking dark-colored drinks, eating various foods and not taking good care of your teeth are all different ways teeth can get stained. Additionally, aging causes the enamel to get thinner and the dentin to become darker, causing the teeth to become less bright.
How to Whiten Teeth
There are several teeth whitening options, such as toothpastes, in-office and at-home bleaching. While all of these options can improve your smile, an in-office visit will give you advanced technology with results that will look natural and that you can see. When patients come for a teeth whitening visit, they are being treated by a professional who has the experience and skills necessary to provide a whiter and brighter smile. Results are typically seen faster when patients get their teeth whitened in-office compared to toothpastes or at-home kits.
The Teeth Whitening Procedure
Before teeth can be whitened, the patient’s mouth will be examined by one of our dentists to ensure there aren’t any other dental issues, such as cavities, which can affect teeth whitening results. Once this step is completed, the dentist will ask you questions to figure out what caused the staining in order to choose the best option for your teeth since different stains respond differently to the whitening material. Your teeth will then be cleaned to prepare them for the whitening material. The procedure will then begin and usually lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. The number of appointments needed will depend on the severity of the stains, the method used and how white you want your teeth to be.
Following Up After Treatment
While whitening teeth is a great option to improve your smile, it is not a permanent solution. Stains can come back if you smoke or consume a lot of staining foods or drinks. In order to maintain results, you may need a follow-up treatment every 6 to 12 months. Re-whitening can be done in-office or at home and you can discuss what would work best for you with one of our dentists.
What are the Risks with Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is unlikely to cause serious side effects, but some people may experience teeth sensitivity for a short period of time. Mild gum irritation may also occur and pregnant women should not have their teeth whitened since the whitening materials of the fetus are unknown.
Get Whiter Teeth at Lifetime Dental
At Lifetime Dental in Lake Forest, CA, we are dedicated to providing you with services that are personalized for you. Our friendly and experienced staff are all here to help our patients achieve excellent results. We are proud to have a multi-specialty dental practice that offers a full range of dental services including teeth whitening, cosmetic, general and preventive dentistry.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile or want to get improve the brightness of your teeth, please contact us today. Our dentists are here to discuss your goals with you in order for a customized treatment plan can be created. Call us today at 949-581-8109 to schedule an appointment.