Are your teeth yellow, stained, or discolored due to poor oral hygiene, drinking coffee, or smoking cigarettes? If so, you may want to consider teeth whitening to return your smile to its near original, pearly white condition. At Presidio Dental in Tucson, Arizona, Jesse C. Engle, DMD, and the team offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments. Book your appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.
Believe it or not, teeth turn yellow as part of the natural aging process. Over the years, the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) chips, cracks, and flakes away. Ultimately, this reveals the inner layer of your teeth, known as dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow in color. Other factors that contribute to yellow teeth include:
Taking certain prescription medications can also cause your teeth to change color or become yellow.
Yes. The majority of modern teeth whitening treatments use carbamide peroxide as their main bleaching ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is a harmless byproduct of hydrogen peroxide that’s incredibly effective at eradicating stains from the surface of your teeth. In addition, all teeth whitening treatments regularly undergo review by regulatory bodies like the FDA.
At Presidio Dental, the team offers two types of teeth whitening treatments:
Your Presidio Dental provider performs in-office whitening, which can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just one treatment session. During in-office whitening, your dentist covers your gums and tongue with a rubber dam. Next, they carefully apply a bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth and let it sit for about 30 minutes. You then put on a pair of protective glasses, and your dentist points a special light at your teeth. The light triggers a chemical reaction that eradicates stains and discoloration. Your dentist repeats this process three to four times. Just keep in mind that your individual results may vary.
You use take-home whitening trays in the comfort of your own home. Each tray mimics a mouthguard and fits the contours of your teeth. You fill the tray with a peroxide bleaching solution and wear it one or two hours a day for a period of weeks. Compared to in-office whitening, take-home teeth whitening takes longer to achieve noticeable results.
Teeth whitening treatment isn’t permanent, but if you practice good oral hygiene and avoid drinking dark beverages or eating foods that stain, your results can last for between four to six months. As stains develop, simply schedule a follow-up appointment with the team at Presidio Dental.
If you dream of having a bright, shiny, Hollywood-worthy smile, teeth whitening can help. Make an appointment at Presidio Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.