Evidently, most people would go for an easy teeth whitening solution that results in a brighter set of teeth, if given the opportunity to improve their smiles (based on findings of a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). Tooth whitening is one such opportunity you can take advantage of to help you achieve your dream smile.
However, you first need to understand how teeth get stained; otherwise, your treatment would be in vain once you stain your teeth all over again.
How Teeth Get Stained
An astonishingly huge difference (a 47-point gap) exists between the proportion of Americans who believe in the absolute necessity of proper care of the mouth, gums and teeth (80%), and the proportion who are actually implementing excellent oral hygiene (33%), based on a report by GFK Roper Public affairs & Media. Considering the fact that poor oral hygiene predisposes you to teeth stains, this is definitely something that needs to change.
Understanding the origins of teeth stains can put you in a much better position of tackling it. Your teeth would normally lose their original whiteness when micro-cracks in tooth enamel and spaces between crystalline enamel rods get filled up with debris and satins. Such micro-cracks initially form during routine chewing
Two Types of Stains that Can Create a Dull and Lackluster Smile
This is a mild form that results from routine wear and tear, as well as exposure to tobacco and dark-colored beverages and food. Such stains would normally occur on the surface, making it quite easy to remove through brushing or prophylactic dental cleaning. However, stubborn stains would require more extensive teeth whitening procedures.
Ascent Family Dental provides proactive care that helps curb advancement of mild extrinsic stains, as well as intensive teeth whitening procedures in already-advanced cases.
Intrinsic stains are much more advanced than extrinsic stains since they occur on the interior of teeth. Such stains are caused by aging, excessive ingestion of fluoride, trauma, and exposure to such minerals as tetracycline during the early stages of tooth formation.
Advanced treatment procedures at Ascent Family Dental offer effective solutions for intrinsic stains. Various other dental procedures are also available for greatly advanced cases.
How Teeth Whitening Works
The prevalence of teeth whitening treatments is clearly evident from a 2013 survey, published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, which revealed that nearly all orthodontists had encountered patients who requested whitening procedures. If you intend to request whitening procedures, you should first know exactly how it works.
Generally, whitening procedures makes use of a peroxide-based compound. Such peroxide compounds utilize oxidation processes, which result in the whitened teeth. Concentration of peroxide varies depending on the treatment procedure.
In-Office Whitening Procedures
These procedures are only carried out by dentists or trained technicians. This is because such a treatment utilizes a highly concentrated peroxide gel, which is applied in a carefully controlled manner. Due to the high peroxide concentration, significant color change is achieved within a short time.
A single session will involve several short intervals in which the peroxide gel is applied. Moreover, extra sessions may be necessary for particularly stubborn stains. We, at Ascent Family Dental can always offer thorough and comprehensive in-office whitening procedures, which are competently handled by our dental care professionals.
Professionally-Dispensed Home Whitening Kits
Our preferred method here at Ascent Family Dental are the home whitening kits that feature bleaching trays, quite similar to mouth guards, which are custom-made to fit on your teeth. This allows application of a lower concentration of peroxide gel on the teeth, using the bleaching trays. Such kits require much longer application periods compared to in-office procedures, about 20 minutes each day for up to two weeks. While this method does take longer, it is more controlled and less likely to cause significant sensitivity.
You can get your own custom-made bleaching tray from the highly-dedicated professionals at Ascent Family Dental. Our treatment method is designed specifically to suit each individual.
Important Issues Concerning Treatment
Whenever you undergo any form of treatment, you’re likely to experience some form of discomfort arising from the procedure. Similarly with teeth whitening, you might experience temporary sensitivity to touch, temperature and pressure. Although such instances of sensitivity are more likely to occur during in-office whitening procedures, it should not cause too much concern.
You should also take note that, although whitening involves use of bleaching products (hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide), it’s not technically referred to as “bleaching”, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is because the main aim of treatment is restoring teeth to their original surface color.
At Ascent Family Dental our expert team of dental professionals will ensure that you get the best teeth whitening restoration as possible. We look forward to seeing you and your family.