Teeth whitening is one of the simplest cosmetic dental procedures that can give you a better smile in a very short span of time. The process involves the removal of stains from the surface the teeth, thereby giving you a brighter smile that you would very much love to flaunt around. This way, your confidence levels would be elevated considerably and you’d naturally feel more comfortable while socializing with people.
How do the teeth stain?
Improper brushing techniques can leave a lot of microbes on the teeth. Over time, the microbes form a yellowish or brownish layer on the teeth and ruin the aesthetics of the smile.
Consuming a lot of colored foods, either artificial or natural, can leave a layer of coloring on the teeth. The coloring particles get deposited in the pores of the enamel and wouldn’t just go away with regular brushing.
Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes are known to have several negative effects on the human body, of which teeth staining is one.
The teeth naturally wear due to aging, during which the layer of enamel would erode gradually. The underlying dentin would become apparent which makes the teeth look yellowish in appearance.
How can one get rid of teeth stains?
Teeth whitening is a huge boon to people with discolored teeth. The procedures we conduct are non-invasive and provide excellent results that last for a long time. Some of the popular techniques are as follows:
Conventional teeth whitening: This method of teeth whitening is the simplest and most popular one. We would apply a whitening gel on the teeth and spread it evenly. The gel would be allowed to stay on the teeth surfaces for a while after which it would be rinsed off. The whitening gel contains hydrogen peroxide, which would liberate oxygen molecules when activated. These molecules help to remove the coloring particles from the pores of the enamel. The procedure may be repeated multiple times depending on the severity of staining.
Whitening using customized trays:The principle of whitening in this procedure is similar to conventional whitening. But, you would be wearing a plastic mouthguard-like appliance along with the whitening gel. This prevents the interference of the saliva with the whitening gel, thereby giving better results.
What is ZOOM?
ZOOM teeth whitening is, by far, the most advanced method of getting rid of the stains from the teeth surfaces. The procedure involves the use of a laser to accelerate the process, making it the quickest and most effective teeth whitening solution. Here is how the procedure is performed:
The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly to get rid of the food debris, plaque and tartar deposits, etc. A rubber dam will be placed on the teeth to cover the gums and to prevent the interference of saliva.
The whitening gel, which contains up to 25% hydrogen peroxide, will be applied on the teeth and spread evenly. A suitable laser will be used to activate the gel, which produces a foam.
The oxygen molecules penetrate the pores and break the staining particles. However, they wouldn’t weaken or cause any harm to the tooth structure. The gel will be rinsed off with water.
The procedure would take between 30 to 45 minutes and at the end, you will have sparkly white teeth that you can’t resist looking at in the mirror!
Call us at (707) 552-4110 for Vallejo, CA, (925) 825-1081 for Concord, CA or schedule an online appointment to have a consultation with Dr. Salaveria at our practice.