Christmas is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Even if you won’t see much snow this year, you can still be reminded of a white winter by all the decorations hanging from the Christmas tree. Just like the snow on a White Christmas, our wonderful smiles should be glistening white!
Have you ever tried to whiten your teeth with over-the-counter whitening kits or whitening toothpaste from the grocery store? If you have, you probably haven’t found much success. Kits like these require multiple applications to see any results at all and can end up costing quite a bit more than a visit to a dentist’s office for in-office whitening treatment. While you may have heard negative press about teeth whitening at the dentist, here are some facts about the procedure that might change your mind.
One of the reasons our teeth become discolored is due to the food we eat and the substances we put in our bodies. Tobacco use, red wine, coffee, tea, and food dyes can have a particularly negative effect on the coloring of enamel. From the inside of our bodies, some conditions and medications may discolor teeth.
One of the most frequently asked questions about the whitening process is: “Does teeth whitening damage the enamel of my teeth?” The answer to this question is no, it does not damage enamel. Enamel is one of the toughest materials in our bodies, yet it contains microscopic tubules that lead to a layer of the tooth called the dentin. This is specifically where the tooth stains occur.
In-office teeth whitening is one of the safest ways to beautify your teeth simply because the treatment is performed under the direct supervision of our dentists. It is also one of the fastest and most effective methods of whitening that requires only a few visits to see amazing results.
Teeth whitening is a fairly simple process. First, the dentist covers the gums and lips to get your teeth ready for treatment. A whitening gel is applied to your teeth in 3 rounds of 20 minutes. Our unique whitening process doesn’t require any extra UV or light activation. The entire treatment takes about 60–90 minutes. As part of our in-office whitening, you can also get custom trays to take home with you to continue whitening even further if you would like!
There are a few people we recommend do not receive teeth whitening. These include:
You no longer have to be frustrated with trying to whiten your teeth with products that don’t work. Give the gift of increased self-confidence and beauty during this holiday season! Mesa Street Dental is the dentist office you can trust to give you and the ones you love healthier and brighter smiles for a brand-new year. Give us a call and schedule your whitening today!