If you are uncomfortable with your discolored or stained teeth and are looking for a beautiful white smile, you are not alone. Thousands of people across the nation are ashamed of their smiles; whether they cover their crooked teeth with their lips or try to hide their yellowing teeth with a well-placed hand. More and more people are exploring teeth bleaching options that will give them a more confident smile; but few know exactly how teeth bleaching works.
Yellow teeth can be owed to surface stain and/or natural tooth color. Surface stain is caused by food and drinks we consume everyday, such as chocolate, sodas and coffee. Because our teeth are porous, the dyes of these foods and drinks stick to our teeth and are removed by whitening toothpastes, whitening strips and other whitening products. When the surface stain is removed, the natural color of our teeth is left over. Many people seek teeth bleaching treatments to make their smile brighter and whiter.
Often, your cosmetic dentist will bleach your teeth at his or her dental office. Teeth whitening involves the use of a hydrogen peroxide gel concentration that is carefully measured out for each patient, and may be coupled with a laser light that can gently speed the process to allow for shorter teeth bleaching sessions while still gaining the white teeth you desire.
Your cosmetic dentist covers your gums and lips before bleaching your teeth. From there, he or she will likely apply the gel to your teeth several times during your session for fifteen minutes at a time, giving you a brighter smile that is up to eight shades whiter than before.
It is also possible to administer the teeth bleaching gel from the comfort of your home, either as a continuation of your bleaching sessions at a dental office or you can opt to bleach your own teeth using bleaching trays given to you by your dentist. Similar to in-office bleaching, your dentist will give you a prescribed concentration of hydrogen peroxide gel to apply to the inside of your customized tooth trays. At-home bleaching trays may take up to two weeks to achieve your desired shade, while in-office treatments can take as little as one hour.
If you are uncomfortable or self-conscious about the discoloration of your teeth, call Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, to schedule a consultation to find out if Zoom teeth whitening is right for you.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788