You look into the mirror one day and notice that something dark has appeared on your teeth. You rub at it, but it won’t go away. You even try brushing your teeth again, but the stain remains. This is where teeth whitening steps in to restore your smile.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of applying a whitening solution to the front surfaces of your teeth. The solution bleaches your teeth, cleaning away stains and other spots of discoloration. Depending on the desired shade of white, this process will have to be repeated until you reach your goal.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Process
Dr. Diane W. Sherman offers the comfort and convenience of take-home teeth whitening trays. During the first appointment, Dr. Diane W. Sherman will cast a mold of your smile. The mold is transported to a laboratory, where a specialist will create fitted whitening trays.
After the whitening trays are completed, you’ll return to our office to have the trays checked for fit, and for a tutorial on the teeth whitening process. The trays are lined with a teeth whitening solution and worn for a specified amount of time, depending on the desired shade of white. When you remove the tray, you simply wash it off and put aside until the next whitening session. You will repeat this process until you reach your desired shade, but it’s vital that you follow all of Dr. Diane W. Sherman’s instructions.
Is It Safe?
Yes. When done properly, the teeth whitening process is completely safe. A common side effect of teeth whitening among patients is temperature sensitivity, but this can easily be remedied with sensitivity toothpaste. If your gums become irritated due to teeth whitening, be sure to come talk to us about how to more effectively apply the whitening solution to your tray.
The Benefit of Teeth Whitening
Studies have shown that one of the first things a person will notice about a stranger is their smile. Well, now you can leave a big impression on those strangers with a brighter, whiter smile.
Whether you’re going in for a job interview or trying to get back into the dating scene, teeth whitening can give you the confidence to accomplish your goals. Eliminating your unsightly stains makes you appear more healthy, confident, and successful. You can also keep up your new bright smile by being more aware of what you’re eating and drinking.
How Dental Stains Happen
Teeth stains occur in a myriad of ways, but there are two main types of staining: extrinsic and intrinsic.
Extrinsic stains occur on the outside of the tooth, mostly in the enamel. These stains are often caused by dark-colored food and drinks, including:
- Coffee and Tea
- Dark sodas
Now, these substances don’t automatically cause stains. But if you tend to indulge in these foods and products on a daily basis and don’t keep up with oral care, the stains will appear.
Intrinsic stains are when damage occurs to the inner structure of the tooth, in the dentin layer. These stains typically come about from:
- Physical trauma to the tooth.
- Tooth decay.
- Tetracycline antibiotics.
- Too much fluoride.
- Poor-quality dental restorations.
- Dentinogenesis imperfecta (a condition that a patient must be born with).
Aside from the causes listed above, stains can also occur from aging, health reasons, or due to genetics.
How To Avoid Stains
The best way to avoid stains like dark spots or yellowing is to be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth. Whether it’s a third cup of coffee or a cigarette, be conscious of your vices and keep them in moderation. Maintain vigilant oral care at home by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and make regular dental appointments with Dr. Diane W. Sherman.
We also recommend sugar-free gum with xylitol to chew after a meal. While xylitol can’t prevent stains, it can prevent plaque from sticking to the surface of your teeth. Plaque is bacterial waste that causes tooth decay, another common cause of stains.
Contact Us To Qualify For Teeth Whitening
You don’t need to go through life with ugly stains and yellowed teeth. Take a look at teeth whitening with Dr. Diane W. Sherman, and see how we can guide you towards a brighter, whiter smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Encinitas, CA office.