Do you wish your smile were whiter or brighter? Is a special event coming up that you want to look your very best for?
Professional teeth whitening is a simple yet effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth and increase the wattage of your smile. Unlike the kits you can find in the drug store, professional kits are completely customized for your smile and your teeth to give you whitening that is made for your mouth.
Why Are My Teeth Yellow?
Teeth can become yellow and discolored for a variety of reasons. Smoking is a common culprit, as are certain foods and drinks like curry, red wine, and coffee. Some antibiotics, like tetracycline, can cause a grayish discoloration of the teeth. And sometimes it’s simply a part of your genetic makeup.
Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is effective for most of these types of stains. If your discoloration is caused by extensive fillings, staining from fluorosis, or damage to the tooth, whitening probably won’t be effective. Don’t despair – other options are available, including porcelain veneers, and we can discuss those with you as well.
How Teeth Whitening Works
At Lomita-Torrance Dental, we use Zoom Teeth Whitening. We’ve found that this whitening system is highly effective on even difficult stains while still proving gentle enough that patients can easily tolerate the whitening process. We offer both in-office and at-home whitening options so that you can choose the one that will best fit your needs.
We’ll get started when you call our office to schedule a consultation appointment. Your Lomita-Torrance dentist will perform an examination to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and to determine the cause of your discoloration. We’ll talk about your whitening goals and look at pictures to help you decide how white you would like to go. We'll also typically perform a cleaning to make sure that your results aren't altered by any plaque or tartar buildup.
During an in-office teeth whitening treatment, the bleaching product is applied to your teeth and then activated with a special light. We’ll monitor your progress the entire time.
For at-home whitening, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to create your customized trays. When your trays are ready, we’ll show you how to use the system and then you’ll be free to go home and whiten your teeth at your convenience. If you have any questions during your whitening, you are always welcome to call our office and we’ll be happy to help you.
What About Over-the-Counter Whitening?
Although these kits make big promises about their ability to whiten teeth, in the real world, they simply are not as effective as professional whitening. They aren’t customized, and the strength of the product is considerably weaker than a professional product. While your teeth may get whiter, you won’t get the same level of whitening as you will with Zoom, and your results may be uneven or spotty.
If you’d like to brighten your smile and improve the appearance of your teeth, call us today to schedule your consultation!