When it comes to your teeth, you should trust a professional, especially when it comes to aesthetics. You wouldn’t cut your own hair, would you? You would book an appointment with a professional. Same goes for cosmetic dentistry. When it comes to enhancing your smile, you should only trust your dentist with making improvements. At Santa Rosa Dental, we have cosmetic dentists ready to help you achieve your perfect and most ideal smile through our different cosmetic dentistry solutions. Among the top procedures, we offer is professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening in Santa Rosa is not only an affordable cosmetic treatment, but it can also make all the difference to your smile. Find out if professional teeth whitening in Santa Rosa is the right solution for you.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure we offer that makes teeth whiter. A whitening solution comprised of bleach is applied to your teeth. The bleaching solution enters your porous teeth to help remove years of staining to bring a whiter smile to your face. Professional teeth whitening removes both intrinsic and extrinsic stains for long-lasting results.
Who is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening at Santa Rosa Dental is available to most of our patients as long as they are good candidates for the procedure. The first requirement for a patient who wants teeth whitening is that their teeth are in good health. This means that they are free of cavities, gum disease, decay, and other serious problems. Next, the patient must not have a lot of restorations. This is because the restorations cannot be whitened. Unless the patient had their restorations made to be whiter than their teeth, a tooth whitening treatment will make their teeth an uneven shade. We also require that patients who opt for teeth whitening be free of braces and be at least 16 years old.
Why Shouldn’t I Use Over the Counter Whitening Products?
You might be wondering why you would visit your Santa Rosa dentist for teeth whitening when you can go online or the store to buy a whitening product. There are several reasons you should avoid over the counter whitening products. First, they are not approved by your dentist. If your mouth is unhealthy and you opt for teeth whitening anyways, you might end up with hurt teeth or bad results.
Another reason you should avoid over the counter whitening products is that they can be harmful to the teeth. For example, there is a whitening product out there that consists of patients brushing their teeth with charcoal. This is not a good ideal. Charcoal is abrasive and when you brush your teeth with it, it actually removes your enamel. This means that the protective layer on your teeth will be destroyed, and unfortunately, it will not grow back. In addition, over the counter products can destroy your enamel if you use them incorrectly like leave them on too long. Your teeth are the only ones you get so you might as well take care of them.
Another reason to avoid over the counter whitening products is that there is no guarantee they will work or give you the results you want. You risk the possibility of streaky white teeth or teeth that barely whitened one shade. If you want to be guaranteed and professional results, avoid the over the counter teeth whitening products and visit your cosmetic dentist instead.
One of our teeth whitening options we have available at our Santa Rosa dental office is an in-office whitening. Our in-office whitening treatment is done in our office a delivers the most dramatic whitening results. It’s completed using custom teeth whitening trays that are filled with a whitening solution. You will wear these while we shine a curing line on your teeth to activate the whitening power. This treatment delivers fast results and is more effective for patients who have severe staining. You can whiten your teeth up to several shades in a short visit to our dental office during your lunch break if you wish.
If you don’t have as severe staining and would prefer to whiten in the comfort of your own home, our dentist can send you home with an at-home whitening treatment. The at-home whitening treatment is completed using take-home trays that use a similar whitening solution. You can wear the trays whenever you want. Some of our patients like to wear them while they sleep while others just catch up on their favorite TV shows. If you would prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home, at-home whitening is for you. You should know that results are not as fast as in-office whitening. It will take a few weeks before the optimal whitening results are achieved. If you choose at-home whitening, you must be patient.
Caring for Your Teeth Whitening Treatment
Following a teeth whitening treatment in Santa Rosa, you will want to do everything in your power to keep your smile white. With proper aftercare, you can expect your newly whitened teeth to last for the next year. One way to maintain your white smile is by taking proper care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. We recommend brushing every morning and evening as well as flossing once a day. If you enjoy any food staining foods or drinks like berries, wine, coffee, and tea, you should brush your teeth immediately after to prevent staining. We also recommend that you visit your Santa Rosa dentist every 6 months for your dental exam and cleaning. We remove tartar and plaque from your teeth that may cause staining. With these proper care techniques, you can expect your smile to stay white.
Schedule a Professional Teeth Whitening Appointment in Santa Rosa Today
Now that you know everything there is to know about teeth whitening at our dental office, it’s time to make your very own teeth whitening treatment appointment. Give Santa Rosa Dental Care a call or visit our online form to request an appointment today.