You know tooth whitening works, but how?
The stains on teeth can be one of two types – surface stains or stains inside the dentin (layer of tooth under your enamel) or in cracks in the enamel. Whitening toothpaste and rinses can remove some of the surface stains and are recommended for upkeep after whitening your smile. To remove the deep stains that cause your teeth to look yellow, you must use an active whitening ingredient like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients react with the discolored molecules in your dentin changing the chemical structure so the molecules are no longer colored.
While whitening, some patients experience tooth sensitivity. We use a tooth whitening system contains ingredients to reduce this problem. If you still have some sensitivity you can also: reduce wear time of the whitening tray, instead of everyday whiten every other day or use a tooth sensitivity toothpaste. Talk with Dr. Bertolini if these options do not work for you.
To keep your smile bright and white after whitening treatment you should avoid stain-causing foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, wine, colored drinks, berries and tomato sauces. Smoking also causes tooth discoloration.
It takes just as long to re-stain your teeth as it did to begin with, so good oral habits and oral hygiene are the best ways to keep your bright smile! If you do partake in stain-causing foods or habits, you may need to do a touch-up whitening treatment a few nights a couple times a year to keep your desired shade.
Simple Tooth whitening can help you quickly get More Confidence in Your Smile!
For a whiter, brighter smile Dr. Bertolini recommends using prescription strength Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems. Take-home whitening gels allow you to whiten your teeth at your convenience – in a safe, effective and customized way. Tooth whitening is an affordable and effective way to brighten your smile while boosting your self-confidence and improving your appearance!
Want to smile more? A beautiful white smile can make you feel more confident.