In today’s society, we all seek a brighter and whiter smile, which is why many people decide to undergo teeth whitening treatments to improve the appearance of their smile
What is teeth whitening?Teeth whitening is the popular practice of bleaching teeth to remove stains and discolouration to get a brighter and whiter smile. Whitening treatment usually whitens teeth up to multiple shades whiter.
Who needs teeth whitening?People who suffer from extrinsic (outer tooth) discolouration or staining usually benefit the most from teeth whitening. Whereas those suffering from intrinsic (inner tooth/dentin) discolouration or staining generally will not see the same results.
What causes teeth to stain?
- Tea, coffee, red wine, soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks etc.
- Food colouring, starchy foods, curries, sauces, spicy foods etc.
- Tobacco products
- Excessive fluoride
Teeth whitening options at Curtis Couch in Thousand OaksTeeth whitening treatments can be performed in many different ways depending on budget and your individual preference.
In-chair teeth whiteningIn practice whitening with a trained dentist can dramatically whiten teeth, with results being immediate due to the stronger bleaching agent used by the dentist. However, you will also need to use touch-up whitening kits at-home to maintain the results.
At-home teeth whiteningIf you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, we will take impressions of your smile and make a custom mouthpiece for you. You will have to use this mouthpiece at-home daily for about 15 to 30 minutes for around two to four weeks. It will take longer as the bleaching agent is nowhere near as strong as the one used by the professional dentist. However, you will eventually see the same results using the at-home bleaching process.
Can anyone get teeth whitening treatment?Although whitening may seem like a good idea, not everyone’s teeth are suitable for whitening. If your gums and teeth are not in a healthy condition before whitening treatments, the procedure may cause further damage. Teeth whitening treatments generally pose no serious risk if done correctly, although if whitening products are applied incorrectly serious damage may occur, including:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Irregular coloured teeth
- Dampened enamel strength