A bright white smile is a sign of youth and health. Over time, your teeth become yellow from the food you eat, smoking, and other factors. If you want to brighten your smile, consider professional teeth whitening treatments with Azita Kabiri, DDS, at KB San Leandro Dental Studio in San Leandro, California. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Many factors contribute to the discoloration of your teeth. Certain foods and drinks — like coffee, tea, and wine — stain your teeth, as do the tar and nicotine in tobacco products. Certain medications like tetracycline and doxycycline can also cause staining.
Your age contributes to the discoloration of your teeth. As you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner, allowing the softer, darker interior tissue called dentin to start to show. If you have a dental injury or trauma, your teeth recover by creating more dentin, which can cause your teeth to darken.
During an in-office teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Kabiri places a soft retainer in your mouth that holds your lips away from your teeth. She applies a peroxide-based bleach gel to your teeth, carefully avoiding your gums and other soft tissues. Once your teeth are coated with the bleaching gel, she directs a special light toward your teeth to activate the gel.
You relax in the chair for 30-45 minutes while your teeth are lightened. When the treatment is complete, Dr. Kabiri wipes away the gel and removes the retainer. You go home with a bright, white smile.
Dentists like Dr. Kabiri can use stronger and more effective bleaching materials that deliver results more quickly. She also thoroughly examines your teeth before the whitening treatment to ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong enough for bleaching.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments typically require multiple applications of the bleaching agent with no guarantee of the same result. The longer exposure to the gel can cause teeth sensitivity.
You may experience minor temperature sensitivity for a day or so following your teeth whitening treatment. You should take care with hot and cold drinks for your own comfort if this happens. Otherwise, brush and floss your teeth as normal.
If you’re interested in having brighter, whiter teeth, contact Dr. Kabiri today to learn more about your teeth whitening options. You can call the practice or make an appointment online.