A bright, white smile can totally enhance your appearance and give you a boost of self-confidence. If you want to erase stubborn dental stains, consider teeth whitening at our Moreno Valley, CA practice. We offer both in-office and take-home versions, which use peroxide-based whitening gel to erase dental stains. After evaluating your health needs and treatment goals, we will carefully help you choose the right type of whitening for your needs. Regardless of the method you select, our professional whitening will be safe with minimal discomfort. It will also achieve stunning results, lightening your smile by several shades.
Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening will typically be appropriate if you have mild to moderate extrinsic discoloration. These stains are located on the surface of your teeth. They typically appear because of dark-colored foods and drinks, such as coffee, red wine, and berries. In other cases, smoking, genetics, age, and similar factors can contribute to extrinsic stains.
Note that teeth whitening will not be effective if you have intrinsic discoloration, such as tetracycline stains. Nevertheless, our dentists can recommend another cosmetic dentistry option to renew your smile. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are both popular alternatives.
Our teeth whitening treatments use very gentle bleaching gel. Therefore, treatment should involve minimal discomfort, even if you already suffer from dental sensitivity. Nevertheless, if you have pronounced sensitivity, be sure to mention this at your consultation. In such cases, your dentist may suggest in-office whitening, rather than at-home care.
In-Office vs. Take-Home Whitening
In-office whitening offers almost instantaneous results. To perform this treatment, your dentist or hygienist will first place a protective barrier over your gums. Then he or she will apply a bleaching gel to your teeth. The gel will cause an oxidation reaction, and oxygen molecules will travel through your enamel, chemically breaking down stained molecules. Typically, your practitioner will remove the gel and repeat the process twice more to achieve optimal results.
In many ways, take-home whitening is similar to office treatment, although it will take longer to see your final results. We will provide you with a set of custom whitening trays, made from impressions of your teeth. The trays will fit closely over your teeth so that when you fill them with whitening gel, the material will not come in contact with your gums. As it does during in-office treatment, the gel will trigger an oxidation reaction, reducing dental stains. Typically, you should wear the trays about half an hour each day for two weeks.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
If you have researched your whitening options, you probably know that there are a number of do-it-yourself kits available in stores. However, professional teeth whitening is well worth the investment. First of all, it is far more effective than these over-the-counter versions. Such kits often contain weak gels that can only lighten your smile by a shade or two, at most. In addition, professional treatment can be much safer. Some drugstore products contain too much peroxide, which can inflame your gums and damage your dental enamel. In contrast, our in-office and take-home whitening treatments can achieve noticeable results without compromising your oral health.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Appointment
To learn more about the various types of whitening and to find out which type may be right for you, contact our office today.