One of the most common complaints that people have about their smiles is that they aren't white enough. Everyone wants a movie star smile, but achieving one is often impossible by merely brushing and flossing at home. This is because normal daily activities, such as eating, drinking, and taking medication, can affect the color and brightness of your smile over time. Fortunately, Dr. Arndt and his team at Center Ridge Dental can help you quickly and safely keep your teeth white. Here's what you should know before scheduling an appointment to have your teeth whitened at Center Ridge Dental.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a common procedure used to lighten the shade of one's teeth. It works by removing stains ingrained in the enamel of a person's teeth, usually caused by consuming acidic foods, such as coffee or red wine, tobacco use, medications, or aging, among other things.
Can Yellow Teeth Become White Again?
In most cases, it's possible to enhance the color and brightness of yellow teeth, even those that are severely discolored. While this is true, results may vary depending on the color and condition of the person's teeth.
Whitening Your Teeth at Home vs. at the Dentist
With so many tooth whitening products available on the market today, you may wonder if going to the dentist to whiten your smile is really necessary. The answer is yes! Here's why:
At-home whitening products may seem enticing for their affordability and convenience, however, there are a few important factors that make seeking professional whitening treatment at Center Ridge Dental a better option. These include:
● Customization: Teeth whitening trays that are created specifically for your mouth to ensure the perfect fit.
● Effectiveness: Professional products for superior results.
● Safety: Products that will not damage your teeth.
● Professional Supervision: Expert guidance from Dr. Arndt and his trusted team.
● Time-Saving: Results in as little as one visit.
When it comes to weighing the options between buying an over-the-counter at-home whitening kit or choosing to whiten your smile at the dentist, Center Ridge Dental is the best option for fast, safe, effective results.
Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?
Whitening your teeth at Center Ridge Dental is perfectly safe and will not damage the enamel of your teeth. In some cases, a person may experience tooth sensitivity during the procedure, but this usually subsides quickly. For most patients, having their teeth whitened is completely painless. If you anticipate or experience any discomfort during or after the procedure, an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Advil or Tylenol, can help.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
Teeth whitening procedures are not a permanent fix. Depending on the condition of your teeth and your lifestyle, you can expect your whitening results to last anywhere between one and three years. Factors that may diminish this window include eating and drinking acidic foods and smoking.
Does Teeth Whitening Work on All Teeth?
Teeth whitening is intended for natural teeth. This means that it will not work on artificial teeth, such as veneers or crowns. It is also not a good option for teeth discolored by trauma. While tooth whitening is safe for most patients with healthy teeth and gums, people with certain oral health concerns, such as cavities, should avoid whitening treatments until their problems have been fixed as the whitening products could make some conditions worse.
Don't hide your discolored smile from the world for one more day. Call to make an appointment to have your teeth whitened at Center Ridge Dental today. In as little as one appointment, Dr. Arndt can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!