Is professional teeth whitening right for you?
As we age and our teeth experience long-term exposure to stain-producing agents like berries, coffee and red wine, discoloration inevitably emerges. Fortunately, a professional teeth whitening treatment with our Northridge dental staff is a safe, low-risk and incredibly effective way for our patients to transform their appearance, treat yellow or brown stains and achieve a bright and sparkling smile.
With that said, professional teeth whitening is not recommended for individuals who have:
- Porcelain veneers, crowns or dental bonding, as these artificial materials don’t respond well to bleaching agents.
- Intrinsic stains, which are characterized by white or gray areas which reflect damage to the deep underlying layers of the teeth.
- Worn enamel or extremely sensitive teeth, as the bleaching agent may worsen these issues.
Professional teeth whitening vs. over-the-counter options
Many of our patients inquire about the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter whitening options, such as strips, pre-made trays, gels, toothpastes and rinses, compared to professional in-office treatments. And the reality is that while these over-the-counter options will lighten your teeth a shade or two, they’re simply not as effective as an in-office treatment. Plus, they may contain abrasive substances that can wear away your enamel over time, leading to substantial problems down the road. For both of these reasons, if you’re looking for a safe and effective way to transform your smile and dramatically brighten your appearance, Northridge.Dental is the clear choice, providing some of the best teeth whitening Woodland Hills & Northridge have to offer.
What to Expect After Professional Teeth Whitening
Once your teeth whitening procedure is complete, your teeth will appear a bright, shining white. For some patients, take-home trays are provided to enhance the bright white of your teeth even more, and maintain the new color. For teeth whitening in Northridge and Woodland Hills, connect with Northridge.Dental and speak to one of our friendly team about a consultation.
A Red-Carpet Smile
Ready for a movie star smile? Talk to us about our teeth whitening services, and let us help you restore a brilliant white. The difference in your overall appearance is dramatic, particularly if your teeth have been heavily stained. If you have deep staining, only a professional whitening treatment is effective, as the stains are beneath the surface of the teeth. These stains can occur due to the use of tetracycline. If you struggle with deep staining, we can help.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Professional whitening involves the use of a gel that is applied to your teeth, penetrating the enamel to whiten discolored areas. We may perform several treatments during your appointment to achieve the whiter shade you want. Your teeth can become up to 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes. The procedure is safe and simple, and produces impressive results.
Fast, Easy, and Effective Professional Teeth Whitening
As our teeth whitening procedure is non-invasive and requires no anesthetics, you can resume your daily activities directly after it is complete. To maximize your results, refrain from eating foods or drinking beverages that can stain your teeth, including dark liquids like soda or coffee, sauces, and acidic foods or drinks. Wait 48 hours after your procedure to consume these foods and drinks.
Sensitivity After Whitening
Professional teeth whitening services do not have serious side effects. In fact, the most common risk after treatment is minor dental sensitivity. While sensitivity can occur, it fades quickly. If you experience any tooth sensitivity after your appointment, it should last only a few days. You can manage this by using sensitive teeth toothpaste rather than your usual brand.
Maintaining Your Bright, Beautiful Smile
After a teeth whitening treatment, stains may reappear in the months or years following. You can maintain the bright white for longer by brushing your teeth after drinking coffee, wine, or eating or drinking other dark-colored beverages and foods. The bright white typically lasts for a year or longer, and treatment can be repeated when necessary. Many patients find that drinking dark beverages through a straw can protect the teeth against staining.
Superior Dental Hygiene
Having good dental habits will set you up for success. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day and use floss and mouthwash daily. Keep your regular dental appointments for an exam and cleaning twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Avoid Staining Your Teeth
Certain behaviors may increase the chance and amount of discoloration you have between procedures. Protect the brilliance of your teeth from future staining by brushing after:
- Eating highly pigmented food, like tomato sauce, soy sauce, and bright berries
- Drinking dark liquids such as red wine, coffee, soda, and black tea
- Consuming highly acidic items, such as fruit and citrus drinks
- See the Benefits of a Bright Smile Today
After you get a professional whitening procedure done, you'll see an immediate, natural-looking white that will boost your self-esteem. In as little as an hour, we can restore your teeth to a brilliant shine and enhance your smile. If you want to feel confident in your smile, schedule a consultation to discuss our options for teeth whitening at Northridge.Dental today.