Teeth whitening is the most commonly sought after cosmetic dentistry procedure in the country. Dr. Kathy Daroee at Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry helps patients achieve the whitest smiles in Woodland Hills, CA. Dr. Kathy also practices General Dentistry as well.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What causes tooth discoloration?
Teeth are porous, calcium-laden pieces of bone that naturally absorb the coloring of the things people eat or drink. Coffee, tea, and wine drinkers may notice their teeth becoming discolored over time from the tannins in their beverages. For others, medication usage or excessive fluoride exposure during youth will cause tooth staining. Smoking will stain teeth a yellow or brown color. Poor dental hygiene and a lack of regular dental cleaning will contribute to yellowing over time. Even the most conscientious brusher and flosser may notice yellowing over time simply from normal wear and tear.
What does teeth whitening involve?
Chasing the brighter, whiter smile is as simple as a non-invasive dental treatment. At a patient’s first appointment, impressions will be made of their teeth to create custom, clear plastic trays for the upper and lower teeth. At the second appointment, they will be fitted with the trays, and any adjustments will be made, if necessary. The trays are to be worn with a powerful whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight, depending on the degree of staining on the teeth. Because teeth whitening only works on natural enamel, any fillings or crowns may need to be replaced to match the patient’s whiter, brighter smile.
How often will I need to whiten my teeth?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not permanent. A patient may need to periodically touch up their results to maintain their desired level of tooth whiteness. Patients may notice they need more frequent whitening if they are a smoker, or drink coffee, tea, or wine. Aside from the possibility of tooth sensitivity while bleaching, there is no danger to whitening periodically in order to maintain the desired results. Whitening solution can be obtained from Dr. Kathy’s office during a patient’s regular dental exam.