Everyone wants a stunningly beautiful smile. But most of us are not lucky enough to have the smile we want due to chronic dental problems such as stains and discolorations. This explains why many people want to have teeth whitening done. At Red Rock Dental, we offer safe, effective teeth whitening procedures to remove your teeth's imperfections and provide you with a flawless smile.
When Should You Have Teeth Whitening Done?
There are several reasons why you would want to have teeth whitening. The teeth may get discolored and stained as a person starts getting older. The tooth's surface may develop stains due to foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine. Harmful habits like smoking and chewing tobacco could also be one of the reasons for stained teeth. The tartar buildup on the teeth may also affect the teeth's color. In such cases, teeth whitening is the best solution to solve these problems. Besides, this procedure is the least expensive way to help you achieve a bright smile.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening includes a chemical reaction that penetrates the teeth's enamel to bleach stains below the surface. The whitening chemical most often used is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These chemical agents work their way into the porous layers of the tooth's enamel to bleach stain deposits in the dentin layer, which is present just below the enamel. Teeth whitening performed at a dental office is accelerated by using special lights that speed up the bleaching process.
What Are the Types of Teeth Whitening?
- In-Office Teeth Whitening
The in-office teeth whitening procedure is quick and straightforward. After we check and see that you are eligible, the actual process of teeth whitening begins. First, we will protect the gums with a gel that will act as a shield and ensure the protection of the gums from the bleaching chemicals used for the procedure.
Then the actual whitening begins with the application of hydrogen peroxide gel to the teeth. This bleaching gel will seep through the teeth's porous outer layer and break the staining compounds through oxidation. This is followed up by applying a high-powered light that speeds up the whitening process. The gel is applied several times as needed throughout the whitening session. Upon completing the procedure, the teeth can be six to eight shades brighter.
- Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
This method of whitening is apt if you are not in a hurry to have your teeth whitened instantly. It involves taking impressions of your teeth to design the customized trays. A kit consisting of a whitening gel is provided, along with instructions on placing tiny drops of gel in the trays. These trays should be worn for about half an hour daily. At the end of two weeks, your teeth will be brilliantly white.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please visit us at Red Rock Dental or contact us at (702) 243-8788 to schedule an appointment.