Professional Powell Teeth Whitening
Your smile says a lot about you. It can tell a potential friend that you’re welcoming and kind. A smile can put a scared child at ease. Your smile may impact whether or not you receive that big promotion at work. In fact, smiling more often may mean you live longer and feel happier. When something has that much impact on your life, it’s important to feel confident that you have the best possible smile to share. That’s where investing in cosmetic dentistry solutions like teeth whitening can make a huge difference. If you know your smile is beautiful, you’ll be more likely to smile, more confident in interactions, and make great first impressions. At Wedgewood Complete Dentistry, our Powell dentist and team offer professional teeth whitening solutions that deliver flawless smiles up to ten shades brighter.
What Causes Dental Staining?
The key to ensuring teeth whitening works is understanding how the dental staining occurred in the first place, so before we recommend a teeth whitening option, we’ll want to determine the underlying cause of discoloration. Some common reasons patients have stained or discolored teeth include:
- Consuming dark foods and beverages - if it will stain a white shirt it will stain your teeth
- Thinning tooth enamel - reveals the yellow-colored dentin layer below making teeth appear darker or take on a yellow hue
- Fluorosis - ingesting too much fluoride as a child causes teeth to develop with brighter white spots on them
- Genetic predisposition - some people simply have a more darkly colored enamel
- Aging - as we age, the enamel wears away and teeth look darker or yellow
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening, even the most advanced professional solutions, only addresses a certain kind of dental discoloration. When teeth are stained, whitening agents can be applied to remove those stains. Most whitening products use either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. When applied correctly, this stain remover will seep into the porous surfaces of teeth and lift out stains, leaving patients with white smiles. Other causes of discoloration like aging and fluorosis may need to be addressed using a different cosmetic dentistry option like porcelain veneers or direct bonding.
What Teeth Whitening Solutions are Available?
If we determine teeth whitening is a good solution to your dental discoloration, we will need to decide which of the following types of teeth whitening is your best option:
- In-Office Teeth Whitening - this offers the fastest results, usually completed in about an hour. The dentist will be present for the entire process, so you’ll know the treatment is working. Patients typically see smiles as much as ten shades brighter in just one appointment. However, the highly concentrated dose of whitening agent can lead to tooth sensitivity following treatment.
- At-Home Teeth Whitening - reduces dental sensitivity, but can deliver the same results possible with in-office teeth whitening over the course of about two weeks of application. Custom application trays and professional doses of whitening agent ensure the efficacy of this solution. At-home whitening kits also serve as great ways to touch up the effects of in-office whitening.
- Store Bought Whitening Kits - there are a variety of options available, and they can provide some improvement for patients with only minor, surface-level tooth stains. Because saliva can quickly neutralize the low dose of whitening agents, store bought kits are not very effective for most people.
Are There Benefits to Teeth Whitening?
We’ve already addressed a few of the benefits, but some of the reasons patients say they invested in teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry solutions include:
- Confidence boosting - patients report feeling better about their appearance and being more confident while interacting with others in personal and professional situations
- Improved oral health - patients who like the look of their smile are more likely to take the necessary time to care for their teeth, which leads to improved oral hygiene
- Better first impressions - studies indicate that a beautiful smile makes you more likely to be hired for a job or asked out on a date, so bright smiles mean great first impressions