The little indulgences we sometimes enjoy as adults, like wine, coffee, and nicotine, take a heavy toll on our teeth. Dark beverages and tobacco can also stain the thin enamel of our teeth, leaving behind a yellow, dingy appearance. Teeth whitening is an easy cosmetic dentistry procedure that can give you whiter teeth in an hour, though to reach your best shade of whitening may require the use of a powerful at-home whitening treatment that can take several weeks for full effect.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like, cosmetic dentist Dr. Strober recommends professional Sinsational Smiles teeth whitening. Sinsational Smiles involves a ph-balanced bleaching gel and a special light to erase stains and discolorations, leaving teeth dramatically whiter in just one hour. Our patients tell us that their teeth continue to lighten over the next few weeks, up to 10 shades in all. Because not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening, Dr. Strober will conduct an oral health exam prior to bleaching your teeth.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
To keep your professionally whitened teeth gleaming, or as an alternative to Sinsational Smiles teeth whitening, consider our take home trays. These easy-to-use, pre-filled trays yield professional results within a couple of weeks when used according to our direction.
For especially stubborn staining, we also offer KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™. KöR Whitening uses a powerful whitening agent that is able to penetrate and whiten where other teeth whitening systems may not be able to do the trick.
How White Can Your Teeth Get
There are many factors that will limit how white your teeth can get, such as:
- The inherent color of your tooth enamel
- The thickness of your tooth enamel
- The color of your dentin (the layer of your tooth beneath the enamel)
- The type of staining
- Whether your tooth nerve is alive or dead
Teeth whitening is very good at removing many types of stains, such as food and tobacco stains, but other types of staining can’t be removed with whitening because they’re inherent in the enamel. If you have thin enamel, very dark colored dentin, staining due to poor enamel formation or enamel defects, or a dead tooth that has turned dark, teeth whitening cannot help.
In these cases, porcelain veneers are your best teeth whitening option. Porcelain veneers may also be best if you’re looking for results that last several years, rather than just a few months, or if you want to straighten or reshape your smile as well as whiten it, porcelain veneers may be your best option.
If you’d like to find out how whiter teeth can enhance your appearance, contact the San Diego office of cosmetic dentist Dr. Strober today for a consultation. Patients from around the San Diego area trust our office for optimal oral health and an unforgettable smile. Please call (619) 299-5925 now for an appointment!