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Teeth Whitening

Most patients strive to have a bright, beautiful smile. Part of our job at Prosthodontic Dental Group is to help our patients achieve that goal!

Unfortunately, your teeth will darken over time for some reasons:
•  Food and drink. Intense color pigments found in drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine can attach to the outer part of your tooth enamel.
•  Tobacco use. Smoking or using tobacco can create stains caused by tar and nicotine.
•  Age. Over time, your enamel (the white outer shell of your teeth) gets thinner, and your dentin (a yellowish substance) begins to show through.
•  Certain medications. Tooth darkening can be a side effect of antihistamines, antipsychotics, and blood pressure medications.

Forms of Teeth Whitening

Luckily, there are many forms of teeth whitening today! Many kinds of toothpaste on the market contain whitening agents and abrasives that can help remove minor stains. Be sure to look for the ADA seal of acceptance.

At-home whitening involves custom-fit trays and a mild whitening gel. Peroxide-containing whiteners bleach the enamel. The trays are store bought and shaped by you at home. This may leave room for error and reduce the effectiveness of treatment. You may also purchase whitening strips. These strips are only effective when the complete surface of each tooth comes in contact with the strip. It may be most effective if your teeth are completely straight. Unfortunately, at-home whiteners contain a much lower concentration of bleaching agents than used for in-office treatment.

In-Office Whitening

Almost every patient will qualify for in-office whitening. During your visit, our dental hygienist will perform a professional cleaning to remove surface stains and prepare your teeth for treatment. After your teeth have been prepared, our team will apply a special bleach-concentrated gel to the surfaces of your teeth. The whole process takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, you may notice some sensitivity issues with your teeth. This is completely normal. We may recommend you brush your teeth with a desensitizing toothpaste for a period after your appointment.

In-office whitening may take a single appointment or several appointments, depending on the shade of white you desire. We may also create custom-fit trays, and give you a less potent whitener so you can continue treatment at home.

Advantages of In-Office Whitening

Close up of a patient's smile before and after teeth whitening at a dentist's office in Sacramento, CA.There are several advantages of in-office whitening treatment. For one, in-office treatment offers the highest concentration and produces the fastest results. It is also the safest form of bleaching because you have a professional, like our team of specialists, there to monitor your progress. Also, today's bleaches are more controllable and do not soak into the teeth as much as previous gels. This means there are fewer issues with sensitivity after whitening treatment. Yellowed teeth tend to whiten the most with bleach treatment. If your teeth have a brown, green, or grey hue caused by heredity or eating issues, bleach treatment may be less effective. In-office whitening is an excellent way to combat stains caused by tobacco use, and the consumptions of certain foods and liquids.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

If you are interested in have your teeth professionally whitened, call (916) 264-9655, and schedule your appointment today!
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