Meticulously brushing and flossing your teeth, and not missing your routine dental checkups, are generally enough to keep your teeth healthy and shiny. However, if you still believe your teeth are not as pearly white as you want them to be, Simi Hills Dental offers you tooth whitening treatments.
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way to lighten and brighten the natural color of your teeth without harming the enamel. Contrary to popular belief, tooth whitening cannot change the color of your teeth; it just lightens the existing shade. So people with intrinsically yellow or grey dental stains may need to explore other dental treatment options.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
At Simi Hills Dental, Dr. Stout will perform an oral exam and view your medical history to determine why your teeth are yellowing or become discolored and if whitening is the appropriate treatment for you.
Teeth whitening itself is a simple process that involves the application of whitening agents that contain either hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen carbamide to bleach your teeth. These whitening agents help to break extrinsic stains into smaller pieces, which make your teeth bright again.
We will take an impression of your teeth and create a custom-fitted mouth tray that will allow for the most effective and maximum contact of the whitening agent with your teeth surface. It will also minimize contact of the gel tray with your gums, which can otherwise result in gum irritation and inflammation.
Although at-home whitening kits are available at pharmacies, whitening treatment at Simi Hills Dental is much more effective since we use a bleaching solution that is much more concentrated than the ones provided in at-home kits. The concentration can range from 15 to 43 percent. We also use heat and light to accelerate the whitening process and may also apply a rubber shield to protect your gums and other soft tissue of the mouth from coming into contact with the bleaching gel. Over-the-counter products do not provide these safety measures.
People who get teeth whitening treatments at Simi Hills Dental can see their teeth become three to eight shades brighter after several sessions that typically take 30 minutes to one hour.
Risks of Teeth Whitening Procedure
Some people may experience tooth sensitivity during and after the treatment. This can be due to the bleaching agents penetrating the enamel to the soft dentin and irritating the tooth nerve. This condition is temporary and usually does not happen if your teeth and gums are in a good position. However, if it bothers you, you can stop the treatment and try again at a later date.
If the bleaching gel tray doesn’t fit well and comes into contact with your gums, it can irritate the gums, too.
Pregnant and nursing women should exercise caution and delay teeth whitening procedures.
Composite bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns do not lighten up due to teeth whitening treatments. So if you decide to change or lighten the color of your teeth, you may end up with an uneven-colored smile. To restore your aesthetics, you will need to replace your old restorations with ones that match the new color of your teeth.
If you are interested in whitening your teeth, call us at (805) 317-4999 to schedule an appointment.