Different Teeth Whitening Methods
Whitening your teeth is simple with the right treatment. If you are dreaming of a whiter, brighter smile, our cosmetic dentist can help you find the process that will be most effective for you and help you achieve the results you are looking for. We may recommend a professional cleaning first so that superficial stains and buildup do not interfere with the whitening process.
The outer enamel layer on your teeth is translucent, or semi-clear. This allows the next layer, or dentin, to show through. Dentin is usually yellow but can be brown, gray, or black. The color of your teeth is largely determined by the color of the dentin and any stains that are absorbed by the enamel. To whiten your teeth, peroxide must be able to penetrate the enamel crystals and lighten the dentin layer, breaking up the stains as it passes through.
Professional teeth whitening treatments contain high concentrations of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. The peroxide is applied to the teeth, and it breaks down into oxygen and water. The water passes harmlessly from the teeth while the oxygen shatters the stains into smaller, less visible molecules. Professional whitening can lighten your teeth eight shades or more. In-office treatments can do this in as little as an hour. At-home treatments are typically applied using a mouth tray and can take longer, but are still highly effective. Call our office today to schedule your appointment with our cosmetic dentist.
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