Teeth Whitening - Peoria, AZ

Everything You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening At Peoria Dental Smiles 

Have you noticed that your smile is not as white as you remember? Your pearly whites could be more brightly? It's expected that our teeth can become discolored over time due to the foods we eat, our age, and our medical history. But the color or brightness of your teeth can make a difference in how your smile is perceived. 

Stained or discolored teeth can affect your career, social life, and perception of yourself. When confidence in smiling suffers, hiding behind closed lips is often the quickest solution. But not anymore! With teeth whitening, you get your smile back once and for all. 

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What are Teeth Whitening? 

Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the color of teeth. This cosmetic dentistry treatment is the most common and can be the solution to get the smile you've always wanted. 

The goal of teeth whitening is to lighten the shade of teeth that appear dark or discolored. A dental professional must diagnose the reason for the discoloration and advise whether teeth whitening is an effective treatment for your teeth. 

How does Teeth Whitening work? 

The best way to maintain a healthy, bright smile is to take proper care of your teeth and gums, but it's not uncommon to need a little extra help sometimes. 

If you are a candidate for whitening, your dentist will suggest a procedure suitable for your teeth and not so abrasive that it can be performed in the dental office. Applying peroxide helps remove deep and surface stains. 

Types of Whitening

Your trusted dentist will determine the right type for your teeth after a preliminary evaluation. Many often try over-the-counter solutions such as whitening trays or strips, but those options only work as well as professional treatments. 

Also, store-bought whitening trays are designed to fit everyone's teeth rather than yours precisely. This means they can become loose, and the chemical can leak, leading to gum irritation and significant problems. 

At Peoria Dental Smiles, Dr. Reese Turner offers professional teeth whitening solutions that can transform the appearance of your teeth. The professional-grade whitening gel used whitens teeth up to eight shades, with immediate results. Removing stains quickly and safely without damaging your teeth. 

What causes tooth discoloration? 

As we age, it is normal to notice that our teeth do not have the same bright white shade that we had when we were young. Noticeable discoloration usually begins in the late 20s and early 30s.  

Foods and beverages such as tea, red wine, coffee, berries, soft drinks, and some condiments can cause stains on the teeth' surface. In addition, smoking, age, trauma, medications, and some environmental and genetic factors contribute to the intense color pigments of these products adhering to the tooth's white enamel and darkening it. 

Not to mention that age makes the enamel layer thinner and reveals the inner dentin. Dentin is yellowish, making the tooth appear darker as the enamel thins. 

While dental injuries cause the affected tooth to darken over time as the injury causes the tooth to create more dentin to protect the dental pulp, making the tooth appear visually darker. Some trauma causes blood from inside the tooth to leak into the surrounding tooth structure, causing it to appear discolored. 

Some people are also known to have a hereditary predisposition to premature yellowing; this may be because some medications can cause staining of the teeth as a side effect. Children exposed to antibiotics such as tetracycline and doxycycline during their formative years may have discoloration of their permanent teeth later in life. 

Who can have Teeth Whitening? 

In order to undergo this aesthetic treatment, it is necessary to meet specific requirements, such as: 

- Have healthy teeth and gums. 

- Be over 18 years old. 

- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding. 

- Do not have veneers, crowns, bridges, or dentures. 

- Not have dental sensitivity. 

- Not suffer from cavities, gum, or mouth diseases. 

- Have dark, discolored, or stained teeth. 

To check if you are suitable, you must go to a dental office to verify that the treatment is perfect for you. If you are not fit, you can consider composite bonding, crowns, bridges, or veneers for particularly discolored or damaged teeth. Discuss your options with your dentist in the office. 

What are the risks of Whitening products? 

Teeth whitening can cause your teeth to be sensitive to low temperatures. Generating such a high sensitivity that even breathing air can cause tooth pain. If the chemical comes in contact with the surface of soft tissues such as the gums or tongue, it can cause chemical burns that often develop into ulcers before they heal. 

To avoid this, it is necessary to have teeth whitening done by professionals, so your dentist can advise you before starting treatment to help prevent tooth sensitivity. 

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Tooth Whitening aftercare 

Once the treatment is done, it is necessary to take good care of your teeth so that the whitening lasts longer. That is why at Peoria Dental Smiles, we recommend the following: 

- Reduce the consumption of foods and beverages prone to stain your teeth. 

- Quit smoking or at least reduce the consumption of nicotine and tobacco. 

- Floss daily. 

- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, at least twice a day, to remove daily stains. 

- Visiting the dentist regularly for daily scaling and polishing. 

Trusted Teeth Whitening in Peoria, AZ

Our teeth whitening treatments can help you achieve a smile you're proud to show off. That's why Peoria Dental Smiles offers convenient, affordable solutions so you can get your dazzling teeth back. 

Dr. Reese Turner and his team of dental professionals can help you achieve the vibrant, beautiful smile you desire. So if you're ready to brighten your smile again, call our Arizona dentists at (623) 572-0102 or visit us here to schedule your dental exam.

At Peoria Dental Smiles, we offer experienced general and cosmetic dentistry because we've seen hundreds of patients' confidence grow because of a perfect, white, gleaming smile.

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