When you keep your smile consistently clean and healthy, preventing serious issues with your oral health is relatively easy. Unfortunately, teeth stains aren’t always among the issues that you can prevent, and your smile may stain and lose its healthy shine before you realize it. Fortunately, most common teeth stains are merely cosmetic and occur on the surfaces of your teeth. This makes erasing them and brightening your smile much easier than you might expect, and with custom teeth-whitening treatment, you can brighten your smile however is most convenient for you.
Why your teeth aren’t as bright as they were
The stains that develop on the surface of your teeth are known as extrinsic stains, and because they’re cosmetic, they don’t always indicate an immediate threat to your oral health. In fact, they can form naturally from years of exposure to things like the colorful molecules in your foods and beverages. The semi-translucent outer layer of your teeth, known as enamel, is highly resilient and can protect your teeth from common oral bacteria, but food and beverage molecules can cling to it, gradually affecting its appearance.
How professional teeth-whitening works
Because extrinsic stains develop on your highly resilient tooth enamel, teeth-whitening can effectively erase them without having to modify any of your tooth structure. Teeth-whitening involves applying a topical bleaching agent to the surfaces of your teeth, which breaks up and removes the staining molecules on your tooth enamel. Professional whitening gel is strong enough to break up even stubborn extrinsic teeth stains while brightening the visible tooth structure underneath your enamel. In many cases, teeth-whitening can be performed at home with the use of a custom-designed kit that includes a set of trays and a supply of professional whitening gel. However, if you need to brighten your smile in less time, we may recommend faster in-office whitening, instead.
When you need to brighten your smile faster
Conventional at-home teeth-whitening involves the daily application of bleaching gel to your teeth, using the custom-designed whitening trays to apply it evenly and safely. With in-office teeth-whitening, we can boost the process to erase your teeth stains and brighten your smile in just one visit. After a thorough examination and consultation, we can help you determine if in-office teeth-whitening is a good idea, or if you’d benefit more from a custom take-home whitening kit.
Learn how easy it is to brighten your smile
Your smile may not be as bright as it used to be, but with customized teeth-whitening treatment, you can make it shine brighter than ever! For more information, schedule a visit by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-1678.