Teeth whitening or bleaching is a simple and non-invasive dental treatment used that helps eliminate dental stains and enhance the color of a patient's teeth.
What Are Some Common Causes of Dental Discoloration?
Results from studies have indicated that more than 99% of the population has some form of dental discoloration. Some of the most common causes of dental discoloration include genetics, aging, and consumption of pigmented foods and beverages. People who smoke or use tobacco products also tend to be more susceptible to the development of intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Taking certain medications can also contribute to discolored teeth. Certain antibiotics, antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants, and some chemotherapy agents can lead to tooth discoloration.
What Is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is a dental treatment that involves the application of bleaching agents to the surface of the teeth in order to remove stains and discoloration. This non-invasive procedure can be done in your dentist's office or at home, depending on the patient's preferences and the severity of dental stains.
If your teeth are deeply stained from years of smoking tobacco or drinking coffee and wine, you might benefit from using professional-grade teeth whitening products. Your dentist can help you determine which option is best for you.
In-Office vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening
The type of teeth whitening treatment a patient receives can depend on his or her needs, goals, and lifestyle. Certain patients may benefit from professional in-office whitening systems, while others can have equally successful results using a take-home whitening kit with custom-made trays.
In-office Teeth Whitening
In-office treatments provide the fastest results using the strongest bleaching agent available. In-office teeth whitening is a procedure that whitens your teeth in only one office visit. Your dentist will apply a highly concentrated bleaching gel containing hydrogen peroxide to the surface of your teeth and shine a whitening light on your teeth.
The most obvious benefit of in-office teeth whitening is the immediate results. You will see noticeable results as soon as the procedure is completed. And, unlike other whitening methods, the effects of in-office teeth whitening last much longer. In-office teeth whitening is safe when performed under the supervision of a dentist. While tooth sensitivity may occur, this is generally mild and resolves shortly after the bleaching treatment is completed.
At-home Teeth Whitening
For patients who cannot find the time in their schedule to undergo an in-office procedure, we offer a customized at-home whitening system to help you achieve your whiter smile. The at-home system is created using impressions of your teeth and is personalized to fit your unique smile shape. We use stronger concentrations of teeth-bleaching gel than over-the-counter products to ensure the safety of the treatment.
Many people prefer to use an at-home teeth whitening kit because it's more convenient. You can whiten your teeth at your own pace, and you can do it on your own time.
Get expert in-house teeth whitening procedures at Select Care Dental by our experienced doctors. For more information and appointments, callDentist Redmond OR at (541) 923-7633, book online, or visit us directly at 774 Southwest Rimrock Way, Redmond, Oregon 97756.