Most people want to know what is the best teeth whitening system, or what is the cost of professional teeth whitening. Here’s what you should look for.
Teeth whitening and bleaching are perhaps the most sought after services in cosmetic dentistry. It is no wonder as whitening or bleaching is available at an affordable price to anyone who has the desire to smile radiantly with whiter teeth.
Different options for teeth whitening exist, two of which include home-use bleaching kits readily available at local drugstores and hour long bleaching appointments with your Dental Circle dentist. Though teeth whitening methods are widely available, merely 15 percent of the public has made use of this cosmetic dentistry treatment. Contrary some of the myths surrounding this treatment, teeth whitening does work. Almost all can expect to enjoy a moderate or great improvement in their smiles after undergoing this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Be sure to continue to whiten your teeth since teeth whitening necessitates consistent care in order for your smile to remain white and lustrous.
Bleaching vs. Whitening According to the FDA “teeth bleaching” refers to the effect of teeth being whitened beyond their natural color. This result can only occur when bleaching products such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide are used.
To clarify, “tooth whitening” involves the recovery of the surface color of teeth through the elimination of stains and debris. Even toothpaste is a whitener because it works to clean teeth.
Most people begin with glittering white teeth due to the enamel surface. Tooth enamel is the strongest mineral material in the body. It evolved to shield teeth from grinding, acid attacks from sugar intake, and more. Over the course of time, the enamel erodes developing micro cracks so that the yellow color of the dentin layer starts to peer through.
Over time the food and drink we consume form a layer on the enamel surface. This film can penetrate the porous enamel discoloring teeth so the resulting stains cannot be easily removed.
Teeth whitening scours the stains and debris, leaving the enamel cracks open and exposed. Some of the cracks get quickly re-mineralized by saliva, while others get filled up again with organic debris so teeth whitening is not a one time procedure.
The Dental Circle provides teeth whitening services which will deep clean the tooth enamel including the micro cracks. When the stains are removed you’ll have a healthy, confident smile again.
Tooth Discoloration: The Two Types of Stains
Tooth stains fall under two kinds of classes. Extrinsic tooth stains are caused by smoking, food, and dark drinks. Some of these stains on the surface of the teeth are not permanent so they are easily removed by brushing and regular cleaning by your dental hygienist. Tooth bleaching can be used to take away permanent stains. Prevention through proper oral care and early treatment are the best ways to avoid obstinate extrinsic stains which penetrate the dentin becoming ingrained within teeth.
Intrinsic tooth stains are those that form on the interior of teeth. Intrinsic stains result from trauma, aging, exposure to minerals or ingestion of drugs like tetracycline or too much fluoride during tooth formation. In the past, it was thought that intrinsic stains were too resistant to be corrected by bleaching. Today, today cosmetic dentistry experts of the Dental Circle believe that even deep-set intrinsic stains can be removed with dentist supervised, take-home teeth whitening that is maintained over a matter of months.
Both extrinsic and intrinsic factors can come into play when you are experiencing discoloration on account of age. The enamel grows thinner over the years allowing dentin to become more visible. This thinning leaves your teeth more vulnerable to injuries and stains resulting from food/drink consumption. If you would like to bring back your beautiful white teeth, come see us for a consultation, and receive a diagnosis and plan for your treatment today.
What Causes Tooth Staining?
Age: As mentioned, age strongly impacts tooth color. Teeth darken after years of use and stain buildup. Adolescents will probably witness quick, substantial improvement from tooth whitening. Individuals in their twenties will see their teeth start to develop a yellow tinted surface. For these young adults tooth whitening may take more time and energy to work. Middle-aged adults will generally need more maintenance to eliminate the darker and more stubborn stains, but tooth whitening can still be a great step in restoring that pearly white smile.
Starting color: Each person has a different tooth color, which spans from yellowish-brown to greenish-grey. One of the variables involved in how your teeth look after undergoing tooth whitening is your starting color. Generally, teeth that have a yellowish hue respond better to bleaching than brown or grey tinted teeth. Additionally, everyone has a point beyond which their teeth cannot be whitened anymore.
Translucency and enamel thinness: These genetic attributes grow more noticeable as you get older. Teeth that are thick can be treated more easily through bleaching than more transparent teeth. Dentinogenesis imperfecta is the uncommon condition of teeth having translucent enamel. People with dentinogenesis imperfecta do not have enough pigment to bleach successfully. Cosmetic dentists recognize that none of the tooth whitening methods can remedy transparency.
Eating habits: Many kinds of foods and drinks can negatively impact the appearance of your teeth. Sugary and acidic items, as well as food high in starch can erode tooth enamel. Unhealthy eating habits, such as constant snacking and overeating in a short period of time can also increase the likelihood that acid will wear away enamel and thus stain your teeth. What you eat matters as well, so if you’re fond of tea, coffee red wine, colas, citrus fruits carrots, oranges and other deeply-colored beverages, realize that your teeth are probably stained. Remember that acidic drinks like colas and citrus eat away at the enamel causing it to grow more translucent so that the yellow-colored dentin shows through.
Smoking habits: Smoking also stains your teeth. Teeth absorb the brown tar left over from tobacco combustion and intrinsic discoloration appears. Saliva diminishes when you smoke, a condition that not only contributes to staining but decay, since saliva rinses the mouth and is laden with anti bacterial compounds.
Drugs / chemicals: If tetracycline is ingested during tooth formation, brown or grey stains arise which are challenging to eradicate by tooth whitening or other methods. Children younger than 8 years old who take in an inordinate amount of fluoride can develop fluorosis which stains teeth. Substance abuse in general can cause discoloration, decay, and other tooth-related issues.
Grinding: Stress can cause bruxism, teeth grinding. Grinding can contribute to micro-cracking in the surface enamel of teeth.
Trauma: Physical damage to the mouth or teeth is known as dental trauma. Violent behavior and accidents can give rise to large cracks. Cracks in teeth easily accumulate detritus and stains, sometimes simply dried blood.
Teeth Whitening Options
You have three principal teeth whitening choices you can try. The Dental Circle in Glendale offers the most effective ways for you to work your way to a stunning smile complete with cleaner, whiter teeth as soon as possible.
In-Office Dental Whitening
Getting teeth whitened in the Dental Circle office will most likely yield considerable results quickly. The procedure calls for your dentist or a practiced specialist to administer an extremely potent hydrogen peroxide gel on the teeth while the gums are protected by a rubber dam. The peroxide stays on teeth for 15 minute periods which all together take an hour’s time. If teeth stains do not lessen after a whitening session, The Dental Circle may suggest that you take advantage of a whitening kit at home or come back for more tooth bleaching.
Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
Many dentists think that whitening kits for home use engender the most significant improvement in the appearance of your teeth in the long run. These kits consist of a less concentrated carbamide peroxide gel which is spread on the teeth and stays on for an hour or longer depending on the brand and also includes a custom-made bleaching tray that is worn the way that mouth guards are.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
The benefits of making use of over-the-counter teeth whitening products are their availability and affordability. Over-the-counter bleaching employs a bleaching gel of lower concentration than professionally dispensed whiteners for home. Bleaching trays, applicators, and whitening strips are some-over-the counter whitening options. The issue with the trays and whitening strips, however, is that they are not custom-made unlike those offered through your dental office. Also, whitening strips, though popular and cheap, may not be able to whiten all of your teeth. Because they are over the counter they aren’t as strong and require regular application.
Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Carbamide Peroxide
Dentists know that hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are both powerful bleaching substances for teeth whitening. Dental offices utilize hydrogen peroxide for bleaching as it is strong and works quickly. Hydrogen peroxide’s bleaching action can be accelerated by a dentist using light shone on the teeth. Hydrogen peroxide concentrations typically vary from 9 percent to 40 percent for teeth bleaching.
Carbamide peroxide works better for teeth whitening at home because time is not as much of an issue, and the lower potency of carbamide peroxide makes it safer for consumers to use without professional supervision. Usually the hydrogen peroxide used by a dentist is three times stronger than the carbamide peroxide used at home, which means home whitening takes longer.
Now that you are equipped with the basic information with regard to tooth whitening, come to The Dental Circle in Glendale for an appointment to help restore your bright, confident smile.