Warner Plaza Dental Group
General Dentist & Family Dentist & TMJ Botox & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Woodland Hills, CA
It’s a fact of life that as you get older, your teeth become yellow and discolored, which is often made worse by normal daily habits like a cup of coffee in the morning. Fortunately, if you live in or around Woodland Hills, California, you can make an appointment for professional teeth whitening treatments with the expert dental team at Warner Plaza Dental Group. If you’re ready to brighten your smile, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What causes tooth discoloration?
As you get older, the enamel on your teeth gets thinner, which allows the darker dentin to show, making your teeth look dark and yellow. Additionally, the food and drink you consume, like coffee, tea, wine, and berries, can stain your teeth. If you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, you expose your teeth to stains. These topical stains and discolorations are easily treated with teeth whitening treatments provided by the dental experts at Warner Plaza Dental Group.
What happens during the teeth whitening process?
The team at Warner Plaza Dental Group offers both in-office and at-home teeth whitening options.
The in-office treatment takes around an hour. Your dentist will first examine your teeth to ensure they’re healthy enough for the whitening treatment and that your discoloration will respond to the bleaching gel. Then they place a dental guard in your mouth to protect your lips and gums and carefully apply the bleaching agent to your teeth. They shine a special light on your teeth to activate the gel, which lifts stains from your teeth. Finally, your dentist removes the gel and mouthguard and you go home with a bright white smile.
If you choose an at-home option, you are given dental trays and a bleaching agent that isn’t as strong as the one used in the office, but is more effective than a kit you can purchase in a drugstore. Your dentist gives you customized instructions on how long to use the at-home treatment. You fill the trays and wear them for a short period of time every day for several days. You’ll have a brighter, whiter smile after just a few days of treatment.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Unfortunately, the same habits and issues that led to your discoloration will build up again over time. Your teeth will stay bright and white for some time, though. You could also reduce your coffee, tea, and wine consumption. If you smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products, you should stop, to protect your teeth as well as your overall health.
Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more about your teeth whitening options.