Your smile is typically the first thing other people notice, so why not give them a smile that’s as vibrant as you are? As one of the quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective ways to improve your smile, it isn’t surprising that professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental services. The top-rated dentist at Volterra Dental in Los Alamitos, California, offers clinical-strength teeth whitening services to help patients in the Orange County area get the white, vibrant smile they want. Call us at (562) 501-3188, or request an appointment online today.
Do you have stained teeth? Are you worried that your smile is yellow? Then watch this video to learn about the teeth whitening treatments available. Dr. Richard Blackburn from Volterra Dental near Los Alamitos, CA explains all you need to know about teeth whitening.
What causes teeth discoloration?
Usually, discoloration of teeth is from liquids that patients drink. It can be coffee, wine, or any other colorful food. I see a lot of staining from tobacco smoke as well.
What are the teeth whitening treatments available at Volterra Dental?
We provide strong in-house whitening and also take-home trays depending on what the patient wants. A quick fix that you could use if you have to go to an event or wedding is the Zoom whitening.
If you want to do something a little more controlled and a longer process, then we make at home bleaching trays specifically for a patient’s mouth.
How is the Zoom whitening procedure done?
The patient would come into our office, we would have him/her sit in the chair, and we would get everything ready. The patient simply has to sit back and enjoy the process.
We put a little gel around each tooth, and a little light shines on these teeth to make sure that it activates the bleaching material.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH DISCOLORATION?
Just as hair and skin come in a variety of natural hues, teeth come in various shades of white. Although some people’s teeth are naturally brighter than others, no one wants their teeth to look dull, yellow, gray, or otherwise discolored.
Tooth discoloration often occurs slowly over time, either because of repeated staining, insufficient brushing, and flossing, or a combination of both.
Your teeth may look relatively smooth, but your enamel is actually filled with tiny imperfections where food particles and liquid residues can become trapped. When these stains add up over time, they can make your teeth appear less than white. If you allow plaque to build up at the same time, your teeth may look even more discolored.
Even if you have good oral health habits and maintain regular professional cleanings, you may experience greater degrees of tooth discoloration as you age. That’s because enamel gets thinner with age, allowing the darker dentin layer underneath the enamel to show through and make your teeth look less white.
Other factors that contribute to tooth discoloration include smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, and taking certain prescription medications.
WHICH WHITENING TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Volterra Dental offers both in-office whitening procedures as well as customized take-home treatments:
DO PROFESSIONAL WHITENING TREATMENTS WORK FOR EVERYONE?
Before you have a professional whitening treatment, you undergo a quick dental exam to make sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. That’s because whitening treatments aren’t effective for all types of discoloration — yellowed teeth typically respond very well, brown teeth respond poorly, and grey teeth don’t usually improve at all.
Whitening treatments are also only effective on natural teeth and don’t work well on restorations like veneers, bonding, crowns, or bridges.
If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile, call Volterra Dental today at (562) 501-3188 today, or request an appointment today.