Professional whitening refers to using bleaching trays and gels in a dental office rather than over-the-counter products purchased for home use. At West Valley Natural Dentistry, our dentists use professional-grade whitening gel and special lighting to get the best results from your bleaching treatment. Professional-grade products are more robust and more effective at removing teeth stains and the porous coating on your teeth.
Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, can stain your teeth over time. Darkly pigmented beverages like soda or grape juice can also discolor your pearly whites, and smoking is also a well-known cause of yellow teeth. Aging is another common cause of tooth discoloration as the enamel wears away and reveals more of the yellowish dentin that lies beneath it. Some medications can also cause the teeth to take on a yellow hue. In some cases, tooth discoloration is due to poor oral hygiene; if you brush too aggressively or not enough, it can lead to the appearance of yellowed teeth.
Your dentist offers several treatments to help patients brighten their smiles. Over-the-counter teeth whiteners can be purchased in drugstores, such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, and gels. But these products can only remove surface stains and don’t offer the same dramatic results that professional treatment options can provide.
Professional teeth whitening, a standard cosmetic dentistry treatment, can lighten your smile up to eight shades in a single visit! Many patients choose professional teeth whitening because they find it offers the best results, all while being completely safe and non-invasive. At-home kits can also be effective for some patients, but most need professional supervision to achieve optimal results. Plus, your results with a professional treatment are immediately visible, unlike at-home products that require multiple applications over time to see any noticeable differences.
Perhaps the most significant benefit of professional teeth whitening is the dramatic difference it can have on your self-confidence. Studies have shown that a brighter smile can make you happier and more outgoing. So, whether you’re preparing for an extensive interview or hoping to make a big statement at your wedding, your dentist can help ensure your pearly whites look their best. Proper oral care and regular visits to the dentist help ensure that your teeth stay bright and healthy throughout your life.
If you’re unhappy with your smile because of stained teeth, it’s time to talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening treatment! To learn more about teeth whitening treatment, visit West Valley Natural Dentistry, Inc at 9502 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83704, or call (208) 377-2223.