Teeth whitening refers to lightening teeth' color to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. This cosmetic dental procedure aims to remove stains and discoloration from the tooth enamel, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. At First Smile Family Dental, teeth whitening treatments typically involve bleaching agents containing hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. These agents break down stains into smaller molecules, making the tooth color less concentrated and resulting in a lighter appearance. Teeth whitening can be performed in a dental office by a dentist or at home using over-the-counter whitening products or professional-grade kits provided by a dentist.
The Factors Contributing to Tooth Discoloration
These are surface stains caused by consuming certain foods and drinks, tobacco use, and poor oral hygiene. Extrinsic stains usually affect the outer layer of the tooth and can be effectively treated with teeth whitening.
These are stains that occur within the tooth structure itself. Intrinsic stains can be caused by aging, certain medications, tooth trauma, or excessive fluoride exposure during tooth development. Intrinsic stains may be more challenging to whiten and require alternative cosmetic dental treatments.
Types of Teeth Whitening Procedures
This involves visiting a dental professional who applies a high-concentration bleaching agent directly to the teeth. A special light or laser usually activates the bleaching agent. In-office whitening typically provides fast and noticeable results in a single appointment.
Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Products
Whitening Strips are thin, flexible strips coated with a bleaching gel. The strips are applied to the teeth and left in place for a specific time. The treatment is typically repeated daily for several weeks. Toothpaste, formulated explicitly for whitening, often contains mild abrasives or chemical agents to remove surface stains. However, they may not produce significant changes in tooth color.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening can significantly improve the appearance of teeth by removing stains and discoloration. It can restore a youthful and attractive smile, boosting self-confidence and self-esteem.
A bright white smile can make individuals feel more confident in social and professional settings. They may be more inclined to smile, speak, and interact with others without feeling self-conscious about their teeth.
Removal of Stains
Teeth whitening can effectively remove common stains caused by substances like coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, and certain foods. By eliminating these stains, the teeth regain their natural brightness and whiteness.
Investing in teeth whitening can serve as a motivation to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups can help prolong the effects of teeth whitening and prevent future discoloration. To learn more about teeth whitening, visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323.