One of the most common desires patients have is whiter teeth. When considering your options, it is important to consult with us to make sure you have all the facts and understand how your teeth and mouth may be affected by whitening.
Many people think the coloring of teeth is only due to plaque or stain from foods, beverages or tobacco. But a variety of other factors can affect the color of your teeth including; age, injury, and medications. Understanding what is causing the extrinsic or intrinsic discoloration is important to properly whiten your teeth.
Teeth whitening products use bleaches (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) to break down stain and make your teeth brighter. These bleaches do not work on all teeth, so it is important to consult us before any treatment. Whitening will have little effect on veneers, crowns, fillings.
Options for teeth whitening usually include whitening toothpastes, at-home bleaching, and in-office bleaching systems. Of course effectiveness, safety, and results vary greatly between products, so consult with us if you are considering these choices.
We advise you to have a regular check-up before starting any whitening regiment to ensure that there are no pre-existing conditions in your mouth or teeth that could result in a harmful reaction to whitening materials.
Ask about our light activated in-office whitening system. And as always, if you have any questions about whitening give us a call at (916) 485-3431 and we will happily address your concerns.