Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your teeth just aren’t as bright as you want them to be? Radiant white teeth are considered the gold standard in beauty, yet so many people live their lives with discolored or yellowing teeth. Some people feel so embarrassed by their yellow teeth that they don’t even want to smile. It doesn’t have to be this way anymore.
Teeth whitening is a fast and affordable option to get the flawless teeth you’ve been dreaming about. For patients in San Diego, teeth whitening is just one appointment away. Learn more about Sedation Dental Center’s approach to teeth whitening to see if the procedure is right for you.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Teeth don’t just become yellow overnight. It’s a slow process that can be influenced by a number of factors. Food, medication, and age can all contribute to stained or discolored teeth.
Certain foods and drinks can cause tooth discoloration. Coffee, tea, and red wine tend to be major contributors. These drinks have pigments called chromogens that attach to the outer part of your teeth and cause staining.
Smoking and tobacco use is another major factor in tooth discoloration. Cigarettes contain tar, which is a naturally dark substance, and nicotine. While nicotine starts out clear, it reacts with oxygen to turn into a yellowish substance that stains the teeth.
Some tooth discoloration can occur naturally with age. Beneath the outer enamel of your teeth, there is a softer, yellower layer called dentin. As your enamel wears away, more dentin will show through, making the teeth appear yellower.
If you experience trauma to a tooth, that can also cause discoloration. Teeth react to injuries by creating more dentin, which is yellow than regular tooth enamel.
Tooth discoloration can also be caused by various medications such as antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medication. Children who are exposed to certain antibiotics while their teeth are developing may develop discoloration later in life.
Luckily, tooth discoloration doesn’t have to mean a life sentence of yellow teeth. In San Diego, teeth bleaching can give you a whiter smile with just one session.
The Tooth Whitening Process
To whiten your teeth, you’ll need to use a whitening products. While the type of products vary, they all contain one of two teeth whiteners: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaches break down stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and your teeth appear brighter.
Patients seeking teeth whitening in San Diego have a few options to choose from. It’s important to consider things like cost and level of whiteness that you’re hoping to achieve. For patients who are seeking to whiten their teeth, consult with your dentist first to make sure you’re choosing the best option.
Whitening toothpastes are an option for minor staining, though they are not nearly as effective as other tooth-whitening methods. All toothpastes help remove staining with mild abrasives, but whitening toothpastes usually contain extra agents to aid in stain removal. Look for toothpastes that have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal to ensure that the product is safe. Whitening toothpastes will only remove surface stains since they lack bleaching agents.
Many patients opt for at-home whitening due to its convenience. It’s best to discuss options with your dentist to make sure that you’re selecting an appropriate option for your teeth. At-home whitening kits usually consist of a bleaching gel and a tray that fits to your teeth. While you can purchase bleaching kits at your local drugstore, you can also undergo at-home bleaching with the supervision of a dentist.
At Sedation Dental Center, our dentists can create a custom-fit tray to ensure that your teeth are covered with the proper amount of whitening solution. Typically, at-home whitening will take about two to four weeks to complete, depending on the desired shade of whiteness.
While at-home whitening is convenient, it is not as fast or effective as the teeth whitening options available at your dentist’s office.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Patients seeking a fast and effective way to dramatically whiten their teeth should consider Zoom teeth whitening. Available at our office in San Diego, teeth whitening with Zoom requires only one visit to the dentist.
Before you can undergo Zoom teeth whitening, your dentist will take x-rays and evaluate your teeth to make sure they’re healthy enough for the procedure. A regular dental cleaning is also recommended before Zoom in order to produce the best results.
Your Zoom procedure will begin with your dentist covering your lips and gums. The dentist will then apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth and turn on the Zoom light. Together, the gel and light break up stains on the teeth.
The session will consist of three 15-minute light sessions, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. After the last gel session, your dentist will apply a sensitivity-reducing gel onto your teeth.
After undergoing Zoom teeth whitening at our San Diego office, you’ll be given a Zoom touch-up kit, complete with customized trays to fit your teeth. To help maintain the effects of your whitening treatment, it’s recommended that you avoid food and drinks that will stain your teeth, like coffee and red wine.
Maintaining proper oral care after whitening your teeth will help prolong the effects. Using a whitening toothpaste in conjunction with your usual brushing and flossing routine is also recommended.
If you’ve ever wished that you had whiter teeth, it’s time to make that wish come true. Teeth whitening is a safe, effective, and fast way to get a major upgrade to your smile. For patients in San Diego, teeth bleaching is just a phone call away. Call us today at (619)-493-4188 or contact us online to make your appointment.