How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Do you ever feel like hiding your smile due to embarrassing discoloration? If you have stained teeth, then you may consider talking to your Redmond, OR, dentist. Our team offers professional teeth whitening to help break up stains and brighten smiles by several shades. In today’s blog, learn how this procedure works, and what you can do to keep your smile bright!

Why are My Teeth Stained?

What causes stains to form in the first place? Well, when we don’t care for our teeth as we should, and if we have a diet high in sugary foods and drinks, this leads to plaque buildup. Not only does this bacterial buildup lead to higher risks of tooth decay and gum disease, but it makes stains more visible as well. Drinks with dark pigments also discolor teeth, such as soda, red wine, tea, and coffee. Cigarettes and tobacco products could lead to discoloration too, as well as a higher risk of cancer.

Trays and Gel

To combat discoloration, when you come to our office, we will take detailed impressions of your smile and use them to create a set of plastic trays. These trays will fit comfortably over your teeth, and we will send them home with you, along with a powerful bleaching gel. At home, the trays will be filled with gel and worn for about 30 to 45 minutes each day. The trays help ensure an even whitening. The total course of treatment varies, but usually falls between a week and ten days. For some, teeth could be brightened by several shades once treatment ends! We also have dental bonding and porcelain veneers to mask stains and also correct issues with the shape of your teeth, too.

Keeping Your Smile Vibrant

Following treatment, you can make changes to you daily routine to help keep your smile bright. For example, make time to brush and floss daily to control plaque buildup. Schedule a cleaning every six months so we can remove this buildup and polish your teeth too. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as well as beverages with dark pigments. You can also follow them with a glass of water. Quit smoking if you haven’t already! Not only do these changes improve the brightness of your smile, but they’re also beneficial to your overall oral health as well, helping you avoid cavities, infections, gingivitis, and even gum disease. If you have any questions about professional teeth whitening with our custom trays and gel, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry?

We would love to help you enjoy a significantly brighter smile with cosmetic teeth whitening. To learn more about our approach to cosmetic dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.