Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening El Cajon, CA

It might be an upcoming job interview. Or a wedding or class reunion. Maybe you were a smoker and you just gave it up. Now you want to brighten those stained teeth to reward yourself. Good on you! A whiter smile enhances your appearance and gives your face a more youthful, healthful appearance. Whatever your motivation, a brighter smile beams self-confidence. But before you decide teeth whitening is for you, here are some FAQs to consider:

Teeth Whitening FAQs

What causes tooth discoloration?

As we grow older, teeth appear to become more yellow. Many factors like mineral changes, medications, smoking, and consuming soda, cola, coffee, tea, and red wine add to this problem. Teeth whitening can help remove some of that yellow color and give you a more youthful smile.

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Is teeth whitening for you?

Teeth whitening is successful for most of our patients, but it may not be an option for everyone. Whitening is especially successful in cases where teeth are darkened by age, beverages, or smoking. However, if you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, we discourage whitening until these problems are resolved. Dental restorations also make it more likely that you will experience tooth sensitivity or pain with teeth whitening.

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What’s involved in teeth whitening?

Dr. Renae Wilson, DDS first examines you to determine whether you are a candidate for teeth whitening. At that time, she will discuss with you what type of whitening system will provide you the best results for your goals.

In-office whitening procedure: Occasionally, patients with impending important events have their teeth lightened in our office. We use a special whitening formula that whitens your teeth while delivering important nutrients to your enamel.

Dentist-supervised at-home whitening kit: Our preference and that of our patients is our whitening take-out kit. This is a far more economical choice and can provide similar results. We use two options for busy people: custom-made trays or transparent strips that fit your teeth. Both options are easy to use and allow you to talk and even work while you’re wearing them. These systems whiten your teeth after the first application and can be repeated as needed. Our dentist-supervised kits have a higher concentration of whitening agent than store-bought versions, so your teeth whiten faster and stay that way longer.

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How long does teeth whitening last?

Whitening can last from one to five years. Like all things, this depends on your personal habits. If you’re a smoker or drink a lot of coffee, tea, soda, or wine, your dazzling smile will fade more quickly. You may choose to get a touch up. This procedure may not be as costly because you can use the same whitening trays. Re-whitening takes less time than the original treatment.

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Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Current research about teeth whitening confirms that it is both safe and effective when manufacturers’ protocols are followed. The American Dental Association has granted its seal of approval to many teeth whitening products. Having said that, some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which resolve when treatments end. Teeth whitening, which uses hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide-based teeth whitening solutions, is best monitored by your dentist.

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What results can I expect?

Every case is different, but typically there is a two-shade improvement (as seen on a shade guide). The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your adherence to the prescribed regimen. Remember, whitening does not lighten artificial materials such as resins or porcelain restorations.

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What can I do to keep my whitening white longer?

Mitigate your rituals

Nobody expects you to give up your sacred rituals–your morning latte, that end-of-the-day glass Syrah. But when you indulge, mitigate.

  • Start your morning coffee with a clean mouth. Less stain will stick.
  • Drink a glass of water right after your morning cup of Joe to dilute the acid and pigment. Wait 30 minutes and then brush. (Brushing right after your coffee actually abrades your tooth enamel.)
  • Use an enamel-strengthening toothpaste and enamel-strengthening mouthwash before drinking wine to build up stain resistance.

Add more brushings to your day with a whitening yet non-abrasive toothpaste

These range in price, but most whitening formulas contain a minor bleaching component like peroxide. Even Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste has great reviews.

Chew Sugarless Gums

Chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva. Saliva dilutes and neutralizes acid. That prevents the staining particles from adhering to your teeth. Plus, clinical studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. ‘Whitening gums’ don’t really make your teeth whiter, but they can reduce staining.

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