How Teeth Whitening Works

Are your favorite foods staining your teeth? Red sauces, wine, and coffee are notorious for causing less-than-dazzling smiles, but thankfully, you’re not stuck with yellow teeth — and over-the-counter options aren’t your only options.

Professional teeth whitening treatments can brighten your smile in as little as one appointment. Here at SPA Dental Group, our team of experienced providers can enhance your smile with Opalescence™ in-office teeth whitening services.   

If you’re ready to transform your dull smile into a dazzling one, we recommend you schedule a consultation with Shebani Pahwa, DDS, Maham Siddiqui, DDS, or Samantha Ben-Ezra, DMD.

Below, we’ll cover how exactly teeth whitening works and what you can expect during your treatment.

The science behind teeth whitening

Whether you are looking at over-the-counter whitening strips, whitening kinds of toothpaste, or in-office treatments, all whitening treatments require some sort of whitening agents to help lift and eliminate stains on your enamel. The whitening agents pass into your teeth to oxidize the (stained) molecules in your teeth. You’re then left with a brighter, whiter smile. 

Not all whitening treatments or products use the same whitening agent. In-office treatments tend to be stronger (and therefore more efficient) than over-the-counter options. At SPA Dental Group, we use Opalescence teeth whitening

Let’s take a closer look at how Opalescence brights your smile. Unlike other whitening treatments, the Opalescence whitening gel is a very thick, viscous gel made of a patented formula containing fluoride and potassium nitrate. Because it’s thick, it won’t get diluted by your saliva, it won’t seep out of your tray, and it will stay where we place it.  

With the gel in place, hydrogen peroxide (the ingredient responsible for lifting stains) passes through your enamel, oxidizing the stained molecules and lifting the stains. 

What to expect from the teeth whitening process?

Your teeth need to come into contact with the whitening gel in order for the process to work. You’ll receive a custom tray that snugly fits your teeth, allowing the gel to come into contact with your teeth throughout the duration of the treatment. With Opalescence, there is no need for a laser or other light to “cure” the whitening gel. In addition to a brighter, whiter smile, you’ll also benefit from increased self-confidence.

Your results from the whitening treatment depend on a few factors, including how dark your stains were. However, you can prolong your whitening treatment results by maintaining a solid at-home oral care routine, scheduling your regular dental cleanings, and avoiding foods that stain your teeth. Or, if you do indulge in red pasta sauce or coffee, rinse your teeth after you eat to help reduce the chance of staining.

Does teeth whitening work for everyone?

Unfortunately, no, teeth whitening treatments aren’t right for everyone. If you have discolored dentin (due to trauma or injury), extremely sensitive teeth, or crowns (which can’t be whitened), you may not be eligible for teeth whitening treatments. We can, however, suggest other cosmetic treatments (including veneers) to help reach your aesthetic goals.

Are you ready to give your smile a boost? Call the location of your choice or visit our website to schedule your tooth whitening consultation today.

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