Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that works effectively to lighten the shade of discolored teeth. It also helps remove stains and discoloration. It is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can greatly help improve the way you look.

What is the procedure of teeth whitening used for?

The outermost layer of the tooth’s surface is known as the enamel. Teeth’s natural color is the result of reflected light rays from its surface. A thin coating known as the pellicle forms on the enamel and is known to pick up stains. Enamel also contains pores that are capable of picking up stains.

Here are the common reasons why teeth get stained:

Frequent usage of tobacco

Consuming colored beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, or red wine

Irregular dental hygiene

What is the procedure of teeth whitening?

The procedure of teeth whitening can be performed at the dentist’s office or at your home. The dentist would take photos of the patient’s teeth to monitor the progress of treatment. The dentist would also take a close examination of the patient’s teeth to understand the cause behind the staining. It would also help him or her to monitor the progress of the treatment. Teeth would be cleansed to get rid of any bacteria, food or film on its surface. Post cleaning, the whitening process begins.

Home whitening is also a simple and effective way of improving the color of your teeth. Home whitening gels usually would need to be applied for two to three weeks. Whitening gels, over-the-counter whitening kits are the general ways by which home whitening is performed.

What’s new?

Laser whitening or power whitening is an effective method of teeth whitening. This process involves putting a rubber dam over the tooth’s surface to protect the gums and a bleaching product is painted over the tooth. Teeth would be exposed to laser light to activate the chemicals that would speed up the lightening process. Laser method of teeth whitening can improve teeth’s color five to six shades lighter.

Post-procedure instructions

It’s easy enough to maintain the results from teeth whitening by following a few simple steps such as:

Maintaining regular brushing and flossing

Avoiding colored food

Visiting the dentist for regular hygiene visits

Request an appointment at Tahoe Dental Arts, today to find out more about teeth whitening procedures. Call us at (530) 541-8229 or schedule an appointment online.