SEVEN TIPS ABOUT TEETH WHITENING
(Now that your teeth are straight, let’s get them whitened.)
- Why do teeth turn yellow or darker?
Teeth have natural pores in the enamel. The surface looks like a sponge. Whenever foods such as wine, coffee, nicotine, tea, soda, berries, etc. are eaten, the food or beverage stains the tooth. These stains eventually make the natural tooth color darker, and they will not go away intervention.
- What is the best method for teeth whitening?
The keystone to significant whitening lies in the delivery device. A custom-fitted teeth whitening tray ensures that all angles of all the teeth receive uniform coverage.
These trays represent a more effective technique and eliminate the variations found in whitening strips and ultraviolet lights.
- Does teeth whitening cause damage?
Whitening does not damage the teeth. Patients can cause damage by abusing the teeth whitening process. But, with proper precautions and following instructions, professional tooth whitening is safe! The method uses active ingredients that open up pores in the teeth and lift stains. The pores temporarily open, giving us time to whiten them. After whitening, the teeth naturally remineralize.
- Do teeth become sensitive from whitening?
A typical response to teeth whitening means some tooth sensitivity.
More than Â½ of Americans have naturally sensitive teeth. While undergoing the whitening process, the teeth become temporarily dehydrated. This dehydration causes a decreased ability to insulate the tooth’s nerve from temperature changes. Sensitivity usually subsides within 18-36 hours.
- How fast can you whiten my teeth? (They have no pores.)
These stains take years to accumulate, and to penetrate with the whitening agent safely will take five days to 6 weeks. It’s a slow process to remove years or even decades of stains. Once completed, it’s easy to maintain.
- Does UV light work?
UV Light light can accelerate the whitening gel to speed up the process.Â Â It is FDA regulated, so only a licensed dentist can supervise. And the worst thing is that it needs repeating. This increase in speed can come at a cost. The sensitivity of the teeth that can last weeks.
- How much do trays and whitening gels cost?
The cost of creating a custom fit trays for patients is low.
Michael Guess served as Past-President of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics.
He earned his lifetime board certification. His office has served the El Dorado Hills community for over three decades and if you are interested in teeth whitening & straightening your teeth or have other dental related issues such as jaw pain, sleep apnea, headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, or sore muscles.
To find out more information about teeth whitening or schedule an in-person or virtual examination, please call us at (916) 933-0123 or email us at [email protected].
Dr. Guess has dental acupuncture certificate #005 from UCLA and went on to be a continuing education instructor for dentists at UCLA for Dental acupuncture and taught a continuing education course for dentists named “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) course. He trained with Dr. Stephen Tracy in Uplands, California, for botox.
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