Teeth Whitening Q&A
Why are my teeth yellow and discolored?
As you get older, your body experiences change. Believe it or not, one of those changes is yellow teeth.
Over the years, the outer layer of your teeth begins to flake and chip away. This reveals the interior of your tooth, called dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. The more enamel that wears away, the more obvious your dentin becomes.
Other factors that contribute to yellow or discolored teeth include poor oral hygiene, drinking dark beverages like coffee or red wine, and using tobacco products. You might also develop yellow teeth if you take certain prescription medications.
What types of teeth whitening do you offer?
At A&N Dental, Dr. Kheshtchin offers two types of teeth whitening:
In-office teeth whitening
In-office teeth whitening treatment is safe and effective and can make your teeth up to eight shades lighter in just one session. Prior to in-office teeth whitening, Dr. Kheshtchin covers your gums and tongue with a protective rubber dam.
Next, she carefully applies a bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth. After the solution sits for 15 minutes, Dr. Kheshtchin points a special light at your teeth that triggers a chemical bleaching reaction. Dr. Kheshtchin repeats this process 3-4times until your teeth are shiny and bright.
Take-home whitening trays
If you aren’t interested in in-office whitening treatment, you may want to consider take-home whitening trays. For this type of treatment, Dr. Kheshtchin takes molds of your bite. She sends the molds to a lab that manufactures a set of custom trays.
You apply a liquid bleaching solution to each tray and wear them for 3-4 hours each day. Take-home trays don’t provide as immediate results as in-office whitening, but they’re just as effective.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Thanks to advances in science, teeth whitening is both safe and well-tolerated. The majority of modern whitening products use carbamide peroxide as their main bleaching ingredient, a harmless byproduct of hydrogen peroxide. Following treatment, your teeth may feel sensitive, but this should subside within a day or two.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Teeth whitening treatment isn’t permanent, but it does last an average of between 6-12 months. If you want to extend your results, make sure to brush and floss regularly and avoid eating or drinking foods and beverages that stain.
To request your teeth whitening appointment at A&N Dental, call the office or click the online booking tool today.