Stained, discolored, or yellow teeth are unattractive and can make it embarrassing for you to smile. Let Dr. Jordan at Lone Oak Dental whiten your smile to the brightest it has ever been! Bleaching or whitening is one of the most cost-effective ways to create a more pleasing smile. It is a relatively quick, non-invasive way to better your appearance.
Why Your Teeth Discolor
Think of your teeth like a white t-shirt. If you spill highly pigmented foods or drinks on your shirt, it will result in a stain that’s difficult to remove. Some foods and drinks that stain teeth are coffee, tea, soda, and wine. Teeth are porous, and these pigments can enter your tooth, leading to stains that are not removable by brushing and dental cleanings. In addition, these foods can lead to staining around white fillings. Carbamide peroxide used in our professional whitening treatment is a safe chemical typically used to whiten teeth as it breaks down the stains that build-up inside.
Before starting the whitening process, you should have an examination and any appropriate x-rays taken. Some areas that appear to be stained may actually be cavities or cracks in a tooth that may require treatment other than bleaching. However, if there are small cavities and they are not sensitive, whitening can be done with minimal concern.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Whitening is most effective after you have had your teeth cleaned, so we would recommend that you plan to have the whitening treatment performed within a month of your cleaning. The whitening process starts by taking molds of your teeth to create custom trays. At Lone Oak Dental, we can make whitening trays in our office typically within one week so you can quickly get started with this confidence-boosting process. These custom trays hold the bleaching material close to the teeth, providing the best results. Depending on what color your teeth are to start and what your goals are, whitening may take from 2 weeks to 6 months to achieve the desired effect.
One of the convenient, easy aspects of whitening is that it is very effective when done while you are sleeping. The trays and whitening material are worn for 6-8 hours at night, creating a beautiful smile while you sleep! Most people find that after about one month, their teeth have lightened significantly and they are happy with the result. To maintain that beautiful snow-white smile, whitening should be done one to two nights per month.
Whitening is very beneficial before dental procedures such as veneers and cosmetic dentistry. When veneers and crowns are done, we often try to match the color of the final product to the current color of your natural teeth. If you have recently bleached your teeth, the resulting crowns or veneers will be whiter, giving you that Hollywood smile!
Learn More About Teeth Whitening
Of all the smile transformation procedures that can be done, whitening is likely the most inexpensive and effective treatment option. The team at Lone Oak Dental would like to guide you through the whitening process to create the bright smile you desire.
Rejuvenate your smile today! If you are interested in learning more about this easy, confidence boosting process, call our office!