It’s no secret that when you feel confident about the way your teeth look, you tend to smile more often, which can elevate your self-esteem and other people’s perception of you.
At The Smile Agency in Pasadena and West Covina, California, Karen Guinn, DDS and our expert dental team understand the importance of your smile. That’s why we offer professional teeth whitening. The treatment lightens and brightens your teeth, giving you a reason to want to show them off.
Let’s first look at how your teeth can lose their white appearance.
Causes of yellow, discolored, or stained teeth
Several factors play a role in your teeth’s discoloration, including:
- Taking certain medications
- Eating dark-colored food, such as berries, beets, and chocolate
- Drinking dark-colored beverages, such as coffee and tea
- Drinking sweetened drinks, such as fruit juices and energy drinks
Your teeth can also lose their whiteness as you get older because your enamel starts to wear down, exposing the yellowish-colored dentin layer underneath. To prevent dentin exposure, brush and floss your teeth daily and attend your routine dental examinations and cleanings.
How professional teeth whitening works
At The Smile Agency, we provide several options for teeth whitening, and we work with you to decide which one works best for you. Our in-office treatment whitens your teeth in just one visit.
We first apply a gel to your gums to protect them. We then apply a professional-grade bleaching gel to your teeth. For the last step, we shine a special light on your teeth while they have the gel on them to activate the whitening process. The procedure takes less than an hour, and you walk out with significantly whiter teeth.
We also offer a home whitening treatment, but since the bleaching agent is not as strong as the in-office one, it can take several days and possibly weeks to reach your desired shade of white.
How to keep your teeth white after treatment
Keeping up with good oral hygiene practices on a daily basis can help your teeth maintain their whiteness, and we encourage you to use an antiseptic mouthwash to help remove plaque and stains, as well.
We can also remove stains and plaque at your routine cleanings with abrasion and polish techniques. If you want to continue treatments on your own, we provide custom-fit trays for you, plus a professional bleaching gel to use periodically at home.
To schedule your teeth whitening treatment with Dr. Guinn and our team, call us at the location nearest you, or book your appointment online today. You can also send us a message if you have any questions or concerns before your visit.