Every year, about 45 million Americans undergo teeth whitening treatment – that’s almost 17% of the population. If you’re unhappy with the color or luster of your tooth enamel, teeth whitening can help. At Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry in Pomona, California, family dentist Joo Hyung Kim, DDS, and the team offer two types of teeth whitening treatment. To request your teeth whitening consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
As you get older, your hair turns gray, and your teeth begin to yellow and stain. This is because the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) undergoes significant wear-and-tear damage every time you bite or chew your food.
Over time, your enamel flakes away, revealing the inner portion of your teeth (dentin). Dentin is naturally a shade of yellow. As it becomes more visible, your teeth appear dingy and stained.
Other factors that increase your risk of yellow or discolored teeth include:
You’re also more likely to develop yellow or discolored teeth if you don’t practice good oral hygiene. In fact, you can significantly lower your risk by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.
Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry that uses FDA-approved chemicals to remove stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth.
The majority of modern whitening treatments use carbamide peroxide as their main ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is in the same family as hydrogen peroxide and free of negative side-effects.
The providers at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry offer two types of teeth whitening:
If you want to whiten your teeth at a leisurely pace, you may want to consider take-home whitening trays. Whitening trays fit snugly over your teeth and hold a medical-grade bleaching solution. You wear your whitening trays 3-4 hours a day for several weeks. Slowly but surely, they eradicate stains and discoloration.
Chairside teeth whitening can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just one treatment session. Before chairside whitening, your dentist covers your gums and tongue with a rubber dam. Afterward, your dentist carefully applies a bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth.
Once the solution dries, your dentist points a special light at the solution and triggers a chemical bleaching reaction. Your dentist repeats these steps three separate times, revealing, stunning pearly whites underneath.
The results of teeth whitening treatment usually last for 4-6 months. However, you can extend your results by practicing good oral hygiene.
The team at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry recommends brushing twice each day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
If possible, you should also avoid tobacco products and drinking dark beverages like coffee and red wine.
If you dream of a whiter, brighter smile, request a teeth whitening appointment at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.