Even if you brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly, years of consuming foods and beverages that tend to stain teeth will eventually take their toll on your radiant smile. And while there are an abundance of teeth whitening treatments out there, from toothpaste to whitening strips, professional teeth whitening is still the most effective way to lighten or eliminate stains entirely. For more information about professional teeth whitening, read on for answers to some of the most common questions we hear about the treatment:
How do teeth stain in the first place?
To be specific, the part of your tooth that is vulnerable to stains is the enamel, or the outer-most layer. While tooth enamel looks smooth the naked eye, it’s actually quite porous, and microscopic particles of coffee, tea, cola, wine, cigarette smoke, chewing tobacco, and other foods and beverages get lodged in the pores, resulting in overall discoloration. Fortunately, stains aren’t permanent, and professional treatments have the ability to blast the particles away to reveal your teeth’s natural white hue—sometimes up to 8 times whiter!
What happens during a teeth whitening procedure?
Professional in-office teeth whitening treatments take less than an hour, which is perfect for those looking for a quick boost before a date, photo session, wedding, or other event. To start, we cover your lips and gums with a special blocking material so only your teeth are exposed. At this point we match your teeth with a whitening shade to give you a good estimate of how white your teeth will be afterward.
Next, we apply a high-strength proprietary whitening gel to your teeth, making sure the entire surface is properly coated. The gel is specifically designed to work with a specialized whitening light, which is placed directly in front of your teeth to maximize exposure to the gel. As the light activates the gel, it gently penetrates the enamel to break up stains and dissolve the discoloration away. There’s no pain involved, and no discomfort aside from the slight annoyance of having your mouth propped open for the duration of the procedure.
Is professional teeth whitening affordable?
We understand why you might think a treatment that gets your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in a single visit would cost a fortune, but professional teeth whitening is actually quite affordable. Advances in technology have drastically cut down the cost to patients in the last few years, and at Viva Wellness, we sometimes offer specials to make the procedure even more affordable.
Ready for a quick confidence boost?
If you’re tired of hiding your smile and want to return your teeth to their natural brilliance, there’s nothing like the instant confidence boost from professional teeth whitening. You’ll look younger and feel better about your appearance, which can translate into social and professional benefits as well. At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we’re happy to answer any other questions you have about our teeth whitening services, so give us a call to schedule a consultation today!