The appearance of your teeth can have an impact on your psychological state. Everyone feels more confident when they love their smile. If you believe in your smile, you’ll be more likely to show it off in social settings. If your teeth have faded or yellowed over time, this may cause you to feel self conscious. Are you stuck with off-color teeth for the rest of your life? No, your dentist can help you address common tooth stains with teeth whitening treatment. This type of cosmetic procedure can erase the stains that your teeth naturally pick up over time and restore your beautiful smile.
Common Stains Are Caused by Food, Drinks, and Lifestyle Products
Everyone’s teeth are a little different. Some are more likely to suffer from cavities, and some are more prone to absorbing the pigment found in food and drinks. The common stains that you notice on your teeth are the product of pigment becoming trapped within the initial layer of your dental enamel. Tiny pigment molecules can build up in your porous enamel and cause yellowing or discoloration over time. Drinks like soda and coffee, acidic foods, and tobacco products can all contribute to different degrees of staining. Teeth whitening bleaches these pigments.
Teeth Whitening Uses Powerful Bleaching Agents
To remove the staining from your teeth, you need to remove the pigment. Whitening treatment uses bleaching agent to remove pigment from your enamel. By applying small amounts of concentrated bleaching agent to your teeth for short periods of time, you can often significantly whiten your teeth in just a matter of weeks. The difference between over-the-counter whitening and professional teeth whitening through your dentist is a matter of strength. Your dentist has access to stronger bleaching agents, so your results are likely to be more significant when whitening professionally.
Teeth Whitening at Home Gives You the Power to Remove Stains on Your Time
Teeth whitening doesn’t have to be a hassle or involve invasive treatment. At-home whitening kits from your dentist can be used on your time. Typically, your dentist will supply you with a set of custom whitening trays that fit the contour of your teeth. You will apply a small amount of bleaching agent to the tray (to be specified by your dentist) and then wear the tray for a specified amount of time each night. Staying consistent with this treatment for a few weeks can lead to big teeth whitening results.
Choose Teeth Whitening at Cedar Dental
Cedar Dental is proud to provide patients with options for teeth whitening. We know how important the appearance of your smile is. We want all of our patients to feel comfortable and confident in our office and in life. If you’d like to learn about teeth whitening, schedule a cosmetic consultation at Cedar Dental in Cedar Rapids, IA by calling 319-364-7108.