General Dentistry located in Redlands, CA
If your teeth are stained or discolored due to tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, or the natural aging process, consider teeth whitening. At ViVE Dental in Redlands, California, Linda Sah, DDS, and the team provide several types of teeth whitening, including in-office chairside whitening and take-home whitening trays. If you want a brighter, whiter smile, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Why are my teeth yellow and discolored?
The color of your teeth naturally turns yellow as part of the aging process. Over the years, the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) wears down and flakes away. Underneath the enamel is a yellow material called dentin. The more visible the dentin becomes, the more discolored your teeth appear.
Stains can also develop due to:
- Using tobacco
- Drinking beverages with tannins like black tea, coffee, or cola
- Taking medication with tetracycline
- Poor oral hygiene
You might also develop discolored teeth due to the foods you eat. Dishes like curry and tomato-based sauces leave behind stains that are difficult to clean via brushing and flossing.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening uses medical-grade, FDA-approved solutions to eliminate stains and brighten your teeth. The majority of modern whitening products use hydrogen or carbamide peroxide as their main ingredient. Hydrogen and carbamide peroxide are completely harmless and present no side-effects. What’s more, they provide results that last six months or longer.
What are the types of teeth whitening?
The team at ViVE Dental offers several types of teeth whitening, including:
Chairside teeth whitening
Chairside teeth whitening can make your teeth between 6-8* shades brighter in one 45 minute treatment. At the beginning of your appointment, the team covers your tongue and gums with a protective dam. They then apply a whitening solution to each of your teeth and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
Afterward, the team points a special blue light at your teeth. The light triggers a bleaching reaction that whitens and brightens your teeth.
Take-home teeth whitening trays
If you don’t have time for an in-office whitening treatment, the team might recommend take-home trays. Each take-home kit has a syringe, a bottle of bleaching solution, and two plastic mouthpieces. You transfer the bleaching solution to the mouthpieces with the syringe and wear them for 3-4 hours, whenever is most convenient.
How do I maintain the results of teeth whitening treatment?
To maintain the results of teeth whitening treatment, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. The team at ViVE Dental recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
If you drink coffee, black tea, or soda, use a straw. If you use tobacco, try to quit. By making these and other efforts, your results can last for 4-6 months or longer.
Don’t wait to request a teeth whitening consultation at ViVE Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
*Individual results may vary.
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