In both professional and personal settings, your smile is one of the first features others see. Unfortunately, yellow or brown teeth might make for a less-than-perfect first impression. At The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design in West Covina and Pasadena, California, skilled orthodontist Karen Guinn, DDS, can treat your stains and discoloration with professional teeth whitening. To learn more about these treatments, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book an appointment online today.
Teeth whitening is the process of cosmetically altering the shade of your teeth to make them appear whiter and more attractive. It’s strictly a cosmetic treatment and won’t affect or improve the functioning of your teeth in any way. The treatment can make a significant difference in your overall appearance and helps you feel more confident in the way your smile looks.
At The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design, Dr. Guinn helps you choose a professional teeth whitening treatment that fits your schedule, no matter how busy you are. During the planning stage, she can predict just how much whiter your teeth will get once your treatment is complete.
Unlike the whitening products you can find at the drugstore, professional teeth whitening products contain high concentrations of strong whiteners like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These substances break up the pigment in your stains, making your teeth appear whiter.
Dr. Guinn provides a few teeth whitening treatment options and helps you select the one that is best for you. Both options use professional solutions, so there is virtually no difference in the results that each can achieve. You can choose:
Office whitening is the faster option. During the procedure, Dr. Guinn applies a protective gel to your gums and a bleaching gel to your teeth. She shines a special light on the gel to activate it, causing your teeth to whiten significantly in just one visit.
If you choose home whitening, Dr. Guinn gives you custom-fit trays to wear while at home. She tells you how much product to use and how long to wear the trays depending on the concentration of the product. You may need to use the trays for several days or weeks until you reach your whitening goal.
Teeth whitening is highly-effective for many stains and discolorations, but there are stains that it can’t treat. One way to tell whether you can treat your teeth is to examine their color. Yellow or brown stains usually respond well to teeth whitening and are due to food, drinks, and tobacco.
If you have staining that appears gray, it may not lift with teeth whitening treatments. Gray tones usually come from traumatic injuries, medications, and dental treatments. For gray teeth, Dr. Guinn might recommend a crown or veneer instead.
If you’ve tried to whiten your teeth at home with over-the-counter products without success, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book a consultation to try professional whitening today.