Staying on top of regular brushing and flossing is an important way to keep the outside of your teeth clean. You may think that doing so will also ensure that you will have a whiter smile—but that’s not always the case.
Luckily, with teeth whitening from Mountain Springs Dental, you can enjoy your brightest smile yet, no matter how stained or discolored your teeth are.
Why Teeth Whitening?
Having bright white teeth depends on more than just your ability to stay on top of regular, healthy oral cleaning habits. What you eat, your genetics, and even your age also play a huge role in how white your teeth are.
Your teeth are porous, meaning they are full of little holes. These holes take in substances that you eat or drink. If you consume something that has a tendency to dye teeth, you’ll find that your teeth will darken no matter how good you are at brushing and flossing.
There are several different food and drink items that are notorious for staining teeth, including the following:
- Fruit Juice.
- Soy Sauce.
- Smoking and Tobacco Products.
Your teeth also yellow as you age. Fortunately, our teeth whitening treatments are designed to combat all kinds of staining and provide you with the whiter smile you’ve always wanted.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Professional teeth whitening at Mountain Springs Dental is a quick procedure with long-lasting results. The whitening agent in the teeth whitening substance penetrates past the outer layer of enamel to get at the discolored molecules in the center of your teeth.
Oxygen molecules from the whitening agent react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, causing the bonds on those molecules to break. The results are teeth with fewer discolored molecules, which makes them whiter in appearance.
All this is done in one short appointment, and it can leave your teeth whiter and brighter for months to years!
In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening
Everyone wants whiter teeth, which is why you can find a wide variety of at-home teeth whitening kits at the drugstore. There are plenty of options you can buy over the counter, but the fastest and healthiest method to whiten your teeth is in the dentist chair. The following are all advantages of our in-office whitening.
At-home treatments often require you to use dental strips or trays for hours at a time, and if you opt for a whitening toothpaste, you may not see results for a few months. Instead of waiting all this time, you can take a quick trip to the dentist for a professional whitening session.
Strips or over the counter whitening trays get you quicker results than whitening toothpaste, but you shouldn’t count on seeing whiter teeth for a few weeks. In addition to slower results, the longer treatment period required with over the counter teeth whitening options increases your risk of gum irritation.
Only by getting your teeth whitening treatment done at the dentist will you see fast results, often in only a matter of hours, and a reduced risk of any adverse side effects.
When you get your teeth whitening kit from the same place you buy tomatoes, you don’t have an expert setting your expectations and giving you advice! There are some details you can only get from a trained professional.
A teeth whitening treatment at Mountain Springs Dental means that our expert staff will be with you every step of the way. We can answer any questions you might have, and help you identify how many treatments you need to achieve the results you are looking for.
Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
There are so many benefits to getting your teeth whitened! Nothing beats the increased confidence that comes with a brighter smile. But you may have heard that the process hurts, which might be stopping you from making an appointment.
Getting your teeth whitened can be uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be painful. Getting your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office means that the whitening agent penetrates your enamel, which can cause some sensitivity. Sensitivity is normal—pain is not. If you are experiencing pain during your appointment, speak up!
After your appointment, brush your pearly extra-whites with warm water and a soft bristle toothbrush, just in case you have any lingering sensitivity.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Absolutely. A teeth whitening procedure is a safe and easy procedure. The process is quick, and here at Mountain Springs Dental, you will be in the hands of our well-trained and compassionate staff. If you have any further questions or concerns, just ask!
When We Advise Against Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a common procedure that is completely safe, but that doesn’t mean it is a good choice for every patient to undergo. There are factors to your oral health that may prevent you from being a good candidate for teeth whitening, even with a dentist’s supervision.
If you have any of the following conditions or concerns, ask our team if teeth whitening is a good choice for you.
- Weak Enamel: Whitening can cause damage to already weak teeth and cause increased sensitivity.
- Gum Disease: If you are currently battling gum disease, we recommend you wait until the condition of your gums improves.
- Sensitive Teeth: Teeth whitening can cause teeth sensitivity, so if that’s something you are already experiencing, reconsider a teeth whitening treatment
Our team can help you identify whether teeth whitening is a good option for your unique situation. Your long term oral health is our number one concern!
Get a Brighter, More Beautiful Smile at Mountain Springs Dental
Get in touch with our office today to discover how our whitening treatments can transform your smile. Our highly trained staff is happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have.