We perform teeth whitening treatments to lift stains and discoloration from your teeth, leaving you with a brighter smile. This treatment is typically performed within our dental office, but over-the-counter product options are available that can be used safely at home.
At Roy Dental, our dentist will apply a professional whitening solution to the surface of your teeth after cleaning them, allowing it to penetrate your enamel to lift stains. The active ingredient in professional whitening solutions, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, breaks down and oxygen enters your tooth's enamel. The oxygen bleaches the discolored molecules that cause your smile to appear dingy and dark in color.
In-office treatment offers more predictable and longer-lasting results than over-the-counter at-home options. This is because the concentration of the bleaching agent can be carefully controlled. Over time, though, using at-home teeth-whitening kits can cause tooth sensitivity. Additionally, most at-home treatments do not protect sensitive gums during whitening. In-office procedures are professionally done, ensuring all surfaces of the teeth are treated while minimizing gum irritation.
Factors That Affect Teeth Whitening Results
Many factors can affect how effective your whitening treatment is, including your diet. The foods and drinks you consume and how often you consume them can all affect the color of your teeth.
For example, if you usually eat dark-colored fruits and vegetables or drink coffee, you may notice that your teeth appear stained after drinking or eating. This is because these foods and drinks contain pigments that can stain teeth. By avoiding these foods, you can ensure your treatment results are as long-lasting as possible.
Additionally, tobacco products can also contribute to tooth discoloration. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, consider quitting before undergoing whitening treatments.
The Advantages of Teeth Whitening
When your smile is bright and beautiful, you feel more self-confident, which is often reflected in your personal and professional interactions.
Ease and Safety
Professional teeth whitening from your dentist is easy and safe; you typically leave the office with brighter teeth after just one appointment. With professional treatment, you see results immediately. You also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that an experienced professional oversaw the procedure.
Everyone wants to feel confident about how they look when they smile, but stained or discolored teeth can often make people self-conscious about showing off their pearly whites. Professional teeth whitening can make a patient smile up to ten shades whiter in just a visit to the dentist’s office.In contrast, OTC treatments for tooth discoloration can take a long time to show results, and in some cases, they can cause patients to experience sensitivity and other issues.
If you have questions about our teeth whitening services or want to schedule an appointment, visit Roy Dental at 2950 Whipple Ave #9, Redwood City 94062, or call (650) 368-6333.