Not everyone starts out with bright white teeth. Just as your hair and skin color is uniquely yours, so is your natural tooth color. But no matter what shade of white your teeth are normally, discoloration can make them look dull, yellow, or gray. Whether it’s a recent change or something you’ve been dealing with for some time, there are several possible reasons why your pearly whites may have changed, including:
Professional bleaching, also known as chairside bleaching, is the most common approach to teeth whitening in the dental office.
It involves the use of either a rubber shield or a protective gel to shield your lips and gums from the bleach, which is applied directly to your teeth.
The active ingredient in tooth-whitening bleach is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As these powerful bleaching agents are broken down, oxygen penetrates the enamel to help lift stains and visibly lighten the color of your teeth.
A newer, state-of-the-art procedure known as laser whitening or power whitening involves the use of a special whitening gel that’s activated by a special LED laser. During this treatment, your lips and gums are shielded before the whitening gel is applied to your teeth. The special laser is used to activate the whitening agent in the gel, which speeds up the process of breaking up stains and removing discoloration. Laser whitening may make your smile five or six shades brighter.
Before you can have a professional whitening treatment, it’s important to have a thorough oral exam because the bleaching process isn’t effective for all types of discoloration.
In addition, whitening treatments are meant for use on natural teeth, and aren’t effective on teeth that have been restored with veneers, bonding, crowns, or bridges.
North Bend Dental Care accepts most major insurance plans. Please contact our office directly with any questions.