Do you groan every time you smile in the mirror? Are multiple teeth so discolored that you’ve become embarrassed to smile, even around your friends and family? Even if your teeth are healthy, it doesn’t mean you should have to settle for a smile you can’t show off. That’s where teeth whitening in Tyler comes in.
Today, your dentist wanted to discuss the science of teeth whitening systems and how they give your smile a boost!
How Staining Occurs
Teeth can become discolored in several different ways. When they’re exposed to richly colored foods and drinks, such as coffee, dark berries, red wine, or tomato sauce, it can easily stain the surface of tooth enamel. This is because enamel is naturally porous or filled with microscopic holes and crevices for staining substances to settle into.
However, it can also occur from overconsuming fluoride when teeth are still developing. These appear in the form of white spots. Staining can also occur from consuming tetracycline medications during dental development. Of course, discoloring teeth is also just another sign of aging. As the enamel begins to wear down, the dentin layer underneath becomes exposed, showing it’s naturally yellow color.
How Teeth Whitening Works
When you pursue teeth whitening treatments in Tyler, you’re able to boost your smile multiple shades whiter, even in just a single visit.
Through a combination of carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide xyliprox, and low light LEDs to accelerate the process, you can achieve a whiter smile. These ingredients penetrate through your enamel to access the discolored chemicals (stains) behind it. While extrinsic stains only appear on the surface of teeth and can be removed at home, intrinsic stains are tied to your dentin, which requires powerful bleaching agents to reach. Once the agents make it to the dentin, it reacts to the discolored molecules and begins breaking the bonds that hold the stains together. By the end of treatment, your tooth enamel will appear bright and white.
Learn Your Options Today!
Teeth whitening is typically offered in two different forms. The first is through in-office whitening, which provides patients a quick touch up or small boost of whitening. In just ten minutes, you can brighten your smile up to four shades. Of course, you can always choose a longer session to make your teeth up to ten shades whiter in 20 to 40 minutes.
The alternative is at-home whitening kits but don’t be fooled; these are not over-the-counter. These trays are customized to fit your teeth exactly and utilize whitening gel to achieve the same result you get in-office. Simply wear the trays as directed by your dentist. In about 10 days, you’ll have the white smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
Not sure which whitening treatment is right for you? Schedule an appointment with your dentist to learn more about teeth whitening in Tyler!
About the Author
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury’s teeth whitening treatment is unique because it doesn’t afflict patients with the burdensome teeth sensitivity commonly found with other professional whitening systems. To learn more about his teeth whitening treatments, contact him through his website.