Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

There are several things that can affect the color of your teeth. From coffee to smoking, there are several substances that can turn the tooth yellow, or affect its color. This is why teeth whitening has become a popular procedure. It’s a non-invasive procedure at K Family Dental that offers a quick way to whiten the teeth.

Those who opt for a teeth whitening treatment with K Family Dental, see moderate to substantial improvements when it comes to the color of their teeth. The brightness of their teeth as well as the whiteness of their smile, are both improved. However, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution when it comes to tooth discoloration. You’ll need to maintain your tooth, as well as go for additional tooth whitening appointments, to maintain its brightness. K Family Dental can help you get and maintain, bright white teeth.

What is the difference between bleaching and whitening your teeth?

Only teeth that is whitened beyond their natural color, should be considered as bleached. The term bleaching applies to those products that contain bleach. These typically include either carbamide peroxide, or hydrogen peroxide.

Whitening on the other hand, refers to restoring the color of the tooth to its natural color. This is done by ensuring that any diet or debris on the surface of the tooth is removed. This means that any product which can be used to clean the teeth, including a toothpaste even, is technically a whitener.

When you go to get your tooth whitened during a dental appointment at K Family Dental, you’re often transforming the color of the tooth beyond the natural color. This means that you’re getting your tooth bleached. Hydrogen peroxide is a popular option when it comes to getting your teeth whitened. The hydrogen peroxide concentrations used to whiten your teeth, can have anywhere between nine to forty percent of hydrogen peroxide.

Tooth Discoloration and Types of Staining

A tooth can have intrinsic or extrinsic staining. Extrinsic stains on the teeth are those that appear as a result of regular wear and tear, or due to contact with food, beverages, and even tobacco. Sometimes, extrinsic stains are superficial, and they can easily be cleaned with brushing. Prophylactic dental cleaning can also enable the tooth to be cleaned at K Family Dental.

In case an extrinsic stain is more stubborn, then teeth whitening treatment can help you to get rid of the stain. In case an external stain is persistent, it has the potential of reaching the dentin, and becoming ingrained. This is why such stains need to be dealt with early. Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, are those stains that stem from the interior of the teeth. There are several factors that can lead to intrinsic staining. These include trauma, exposure to certain substances, such as tetracycline, aging, and more. It is possible for you to remove deep stains with the help of cosmetic dentistry. You may need to, after your teeth whitening treatment, continue to maintain your teeth. Dental veneers can also be used to treat intrinsic staining of the teeth at K Family Dental.

What happens during a teeth whitening treatment?

If you opt for a teeth whitening treatment at K Family Dental, that is done by a dentist, then you get the benefit of seeing fast results. During an in office teeth whitening treatment, a controlled quantity of highly concentrated peroxide gel is used on the teeth. This substance, is applied on the teeth either by a dentist, or a technician. Before this can be done however, the gums will need to be protected. This is done with the help of a rubber dam that is a paint on.

The peroxide will need to be left on the teeth for several intervals of fifteen to twenty minutes. The most amount of time it can be left on, is up to an hour. If you have stubborn stains, then you may be asked to return for additional tooth whitening sessions. You may also be advised to use an at home kit, to continue treating your teeth.

How white can your teeth become?

Through a tooth whitening treatment, you can substantially whiten the color of your teeth. You can ask the dentist at K Family Dental for shade guides, in an effort to clarify how white you want your teeth to become. After your tooth whitening treatment, you should be able to see an improvement of at least two shades. Some people get their teeth whitened by nine or even more shades. The results you get are dependent on the extent to which you want your teeth to be whitened.

Book an appointment with K Family Dental to get your teeth whitened today!