Fort Worth, TX
Teeth whitening is an effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth and removing any discoloration or stains. As you age, your teeth can inevitably get yellow, affecting your once beautiful smile. One of the best ways to curb this problem is teeth whitening. The procedure utilizes a chemical agent that is applied to break down stain-producing bacteria on the surface of teeth. HomeTown Dental at Alliance has helped thousands of patients just like you reclaim their smile.
Reasons for Tooth Discoloration
Apart from natural aging, there are several other factors that accelerate the process of discoloration of teeth. When the outer layer of the white colored enamel wears away, the yellow-brown inner layer of tissue is exposed. This wearing away takes place due to acidic foods and in some cases gum disease. Some food items and beverages like tea, coffee, and red wine can also stain your teeth. Smoking and tobacco chewing also cause yellowing of teeth.
The Importance of Teeth Whitening
The color of one’s teeth may vary from one person to another, and there is no single answer for how an ideal smile should look. However, if you are unhappy with your smile, then we can help. Tooth whitening helps in removal of unaesthetic stains or discoloration of the surface of your teeth. Teeth whitening can help bolster your self-esteem if you do not like your smile.
Procedure for Teeth Whitening
First of all, our dentist will begin by examining your teeth for their overall health condition and determine if your teeth are suitable for the treatment. Cleaning the teeth is the first step of the procedure. A rubber shield or a gel is put on the gums to protect them from caustic dental bleach. A specially-made tray that fits into your mouth like a mouthguard is used to apply the whitening product to the teeth. The ingredient used is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When this ingredient breaks down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth color is made lighter.
The total treatment takes up about 3 to 4 weeks. Once the treatment has been started at our office, you need to continue the same at home as well. You should consistently apply the whitening product over 2 to 4 weeks, for 30 minutes to one hour at a time. Follow all the instructions given by our team. The effects of whitening may last up to 3 years depending upon the person.
Suitable Candidates for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is used to lighten the existing shade of your teeth. Hence, it works only for people with natural teeth and not for dentures or other artificial implants. People with dentures, crowns or any other set of ‘false’ teeth are not the suitable candidates for teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is not advised for children below the age of 6 years or for pregnant or lactating women.
Some side effects may include increased sensitivity during or after the treatment. Sore throat, discomfort in the gums or white patches on the gumline are also common. However, these symptoms are temporary and often disappear after several days.
For any more information regarding this procedure, please contact HomeTown Dental at Alliance at (682) 312-6878 today.