Nearly 90% of those who request cosmetic dentistry procedures do so to enhance their appearance and self-esteem, and the most popular dental procedure performed for cosmetic reasons is teeth whitening. If you’re interested in teeth whitening, call or make an appointment online today with Drs.Kamran Rafie and Shadi Khoshbin at the Granada Hills Dental Group in Granada Hills, California.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Granada Hills Dental Group
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is any process that makes your teeth appear whiter. Dentists can whiten your teeth through one of two methods.
One process uses bleach and changes the natural color of your teeth. Bleaching products also contain peroxide to help remove both deep and surface stains.
The other process includes using non-bleaching agents. These products remove surface stains through physical or chemical action.
Why is teeth whitening necessary?
Over time, your teeth lose brightness for a number of reasons, including:
- Food and Drink: Coffee, tea and red wine
- Tobacco: Tar and nicotine
- Age: Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner and more yellowish
- Trauma: Hits to the mouth change color as a reaction to injury
- Medications: Antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications, as well as tetracycline, doxycycline, chemotherapy, and head and neck radiation
Are at-home teeth whitening methods effective?
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available without your dentist’s supervision. However, they’re not as effective as those offered by Granada Hills Dental Group.
Store-bought teeth whitening systems have become popular because they’re inexpensive and easy to use. They include:
- Whitening strips
- Paint-on tooth gel
- Mouth trays with gel
- Whitening toothpaste
- Whitening gum
Even though these methods are easily accessible, the cleaning agents they contain aren’t very potent. If you’re serious about whitening your teeth, you should consider visiting Granada Hills Dental Group.
Why should I pick professional teeth whitening?
Professional tooth whitening should be your preferred method for numerous reasons, including:
Professional teeth whitening products are extremely effective. They can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades in an hour, and with proper maintenance, you can make their effects last more than a year.
The whitening gels that Dr. Rafie and Dr. Khoshbin use provide a buffer that protects the rest of your mouth, including your gums, from the teeth whitening materials. Over-the-counter products tend to lack these protective agents.
If you’re interested in teeth whitening, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Rafie and Dr. Khoshbin at the Granada Hills Dental Group.