Do you feel as though your smile has gotten more and more dull over the years? If you feel like your smile needs a boost, you could benefit from professional teeth whitening. This procedure is a fast and efficient way to improve your smile and give you confidence in your grin. Learn more about teeth whitening with Dr. Jason Botts, DDS at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.
How do stains form in the first place?
Teeth stain on either their outer (extrinsic), enamel layer or the inner (intrinsic), dentin layer. Extrinsic staining comes from outside elements like darkly-pigmented beverages or foods, or tobacco use. Intrinsic staining often occurs due to too much fluoride, taking certain medications, or trauma to the tooth. Additionally, the teeth’s enamel can wear thin over time, allowing the yellow dentin to show through, creating a yellowed appearance. Regardless of the type of stain, teeth whitening can help you achieve a big, bright smile you love.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening uses chemical reactions between your teeth and the whitening gel to give the teeth a whiter appearance. The chemical reactions target the bonds which hold together the stain’s molecules, breaking up the stain on the microscopic level. With its bonds broken, the stain dissipates and gives the teeth a whiter look. Though teeth whitening is not permanent, it is effective and can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single session. Most teeth whitening patients schedule touch-up appointments once or twice a year to keep their teeth bright and white.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Cordova, TN
Professional teeth whitening sessions take place right inside your dentist’s office and normally last about an hour. Depending on the type of whitening system used, your Cordova dentist may split the session into three 15-minute segments. Your dentist separates the teeth from the soft oral tissues to cut minimize irritation. You will see the results of your whitening session immediately. A small percentage of patients experience some sensitivity, which clears up after a day or two after their procedure.
Candidates for teeth whitening should be in good dental and general health. Whitening procedures do not work on dental restorations like dental crowns or bridges. For this reason, good candidates for whitening procedures should have hidden or no dental restorations. Your dentist can help you determine if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening.
If you feel that you could benefit from teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Jason Botts, DDS at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN. Call (901) 737-2200 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment for teeth whitening today!