Dentist in Portland, OR
Tired of hiding your smile because you are embarrassed by your stained teeth? While there are a lot of different tooth whitening options out there, none of them work as well as what we can do here at Pacific Woods Dental. Over-the-counter whitening kits have a number of drawbacks, but a professional whitening will leave your teeth looking great without any of the downsides.
How Does Professional Tooth Whitening Work?
Our professional tooth whitening process uses a powerful whitening agent that is not available over the counter. We apply a gel to your gums first to protect them. Then we apply this whitening agent and let it set for a short amount of time. Depending on the agent used, we may need to use a special light to cure it, transforming the color of your teeth. At most, a professional whitening takes about an hour. All of the whitening agents we use are completely safe.
After the agent has sat for the correct amount of time, we will wash out your mouth. We may then apply fluoride to help decrease any sensitivity you feel. If your teeth are heavily stained, you may need several cleanings to get them to the shade you want.
Why Do You Need Tooth Whitening?
While teeth start out pearly white, they do not stay that way. Even with regular brushing and flossing, you will notice your teeth start to change color over time. Part of this is simply due to age. As your teeth get older, the outer layer of enamel begins to thin. This reveals the yellow-colored dentin underneath it.
What you eat and drink can also affect your teeth. Drinking a lot of tea and coffee, for example, will stain your teeth. Some berries can also leave behind stains. Smoking and using other nicotine products stain teeth, too. There are even some medications, including some antipsychotics and antihistamines, that can affect the color of your teeth.
Why Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened?
Some people are embarrassed by stained teeth, especially if they are in an industry that requires them to be on film, in photographs, or speaking to groups of people. There is no reason to continue to hide your smile or avoid opening your mouth when we can whiten your teeth. Even if you do not work in such an industry, you may want to whiten your teeth for personal reasons. There is no wrong reason to have this process done.
Using over-the-counter whitening kits may have some results, but you may not be completely happy with them. Some kits do not fully cover the entire surface of each tooth, leaving odd spots behind. Others may not give you the shade you want. Some try to hide the stains rather than eliminate them, but this is just a temporary solution that rubs off quickly. Only professional whitening can give you the perfect shade of white, cover all teeth, and last.
Want to know more about professional tooth whitening? You can contact the team here at Pacific Woods Dental and make an appointment. Call 503-292-5483 today.