About Teeth Whitening Overview
“I really do not much care if I have a nice smile,” said no one, ever. The fact is, though, that dazzling smile can be hard to achieve. You can brush and floss like crazy, but if you keep up with lifestyle choices like drinking coffee, tea, cola, and red wine, and if you keep on smoking or eating chocolate, then your smile is going to suffer. So, how can you get the smile you want without sacrificing your guilty pleasures? You can do it with teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. Learn more about teeth whitening in Huntley during your scheduled consultation with Dr. Christopher Pottorff.
How Does It Work?
Teeth whitening works very simply. At its lowest effectiveness, it takes away surface stains. At its most effective, it goes down into your tooth enamel and takes away the stains that have built up over the years.
Teeth whitening treatments from your dentist work by using very powerful bleaching agents, usually delivered in trays that are fitted to your mouth. You can have whitening treatments in your Huntley dentist office, or you can have treatments to take home. Most patients choose a combination of the two for maximum whitening.
What Causes Tooth Staining?
So, if you are going to understand how teeth whitening works, then first, you are going to need to comprehend how they get stained in the beginning. You basically have two types of staining. The extrinsic type is the kind that just sort of rests on top of your teeth, and you can usually brush those stains away with a whitening toothpaste. Then you have intrinsic stains, which are down under your tooth enamel.
Both these types of stains have the same causes – those lifestyle choices that we’ve just talked about. The thing is, you’re never going to get rid of all the extrinsic stains by brushing, and that’s how they become intrinsic stains. They sit there and go down further into the tooth enamel.
This is where you can benefit from teeth whitening treatments from your dentist.
When you come to see us at Advanced Dental & Implant Care, Dr. Christopher R. Pottorff will take a look at your teeth. If you have a lot of dental restorations, he might advise against whitening. This is because restorations will not respond to teeth whitening, and the treatment might actually make your teeth look worse.
If you do not have a lot of restorations, though, you and Dr. Pottorff can work together to determine whether in-office treatment, at-home treatment, or a combination of the two, is best for you.
Get in Touch With Us About Teeth Whitening
If you dislike your smile, teeth whitening is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments available. Contact us at Advanced Dental & Implant Care today to book a consultation. You can reach us at 846-854-1200.