Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, and it is also one of the most impactful things that will help form their first impression. Having a healthy, white smile is a goal that nearly everyone shares, and there are a number of ways to make that goal a reality. The team at Dental Care of Frisco is proud to offer professional teeth whitening services and would like to share the following information about the process and what to expect.
Why do Teeth Become Stained or Discolored?
There are several factors that can cause teeth to lose their brightness. Tobacco use is one way that teeth can become stained, and can result in yellowed teeth. Certain foods will stain teeth, including red wine, coffee and tea. Age also plays a role, and teeth will become more yellow over the years as the thin layer of enamel wears away.
How Can Teeth Whitening Help?
Teeth whitening works by using one of two types of bleaching agents to remove stains and restore a bright white smile. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide work by breaking stains into tiny pieces, which makes the discoloration less concentrated and gives your smile a whiter appearance.
How is Teeth Whitening Accomplished?
There are three ways to obtain a whiter, brighter smile, and each has advantages and disadvantages. Whitening toothpaste is inexpensive, and can help remove light stains on the surface of teeth, but cannot help with more advanced discoloration. At-home bleaching kits are a more effective option that bleaches the tooth enamel, but the concentration of the product is far lower than what is available in a dental office. In-office bleaching offers the best results but is more expensive than the other options. Many people feel that in-office bleaching is the best value, and choose to follow up their treatment by using whitening toothpaste, which helps to maintain their newly bright smile.
Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?
Most people have their teeth whitened by a professional because they are seeking immediate results that are available only with the strong bleaching chemicals that are used in dental settings. For some, concerns about tooth sensitivity are best addressed by a professional who can determine the cause of sensitivity and provide solutions to make the process more comfortable. It is also possible to damage tooth enamel or gum tissue by excessive or improper use of over-the-counter teeth whitening products, so having a dental professional whiten your teeth is a safe way to boost your smile without causing any damage.
At Dental Care of Frisco, our team of professionals is here to assist with any questions or concerns that you may have about teeth whitening or dental care in general. We are always available to discuss your specific dental needs and can schedule an appointment for a checkup, cleaning or teeth whitening service.