Teeth whitening lightens the shade of your teeth through a chemical process that bleaches away intrinsic and extrinsic stains with the use of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. Volatile oxygen molecules in the peroxide react with discolored molecules to break down staining compounds.
This is a process known as oxidation. However, before this can occur, the peroxide needs to gain access to the deeper layers of your teeth. Through demineralization, your tooth is more porous and the whitening agent can reach the underlying layers of the tooth, beneath the enamel.
This is how teeth whitening treatments don’t just remove surface stains, but also stains trapped on the inside of teeth, in the dentin layer. By removing these staining molecules, your teeth reflect more light and appear brighter. Contact us at Colonial Drive Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsey.
Teeth whitening improves your overall appearance in many ways. Not only does it banish unsightly stains and discoloration, but it brings out other complementary features in your face and makes you look younger. This will leave you with a bright and beautiful smile for formal photos and special events.
We can all get insecure sometimes and it doesn’t help when we have something to be insecure about. Tooth discoloration is a sign that we haven’t been properly looking after our teeth or preventing stains from accumulating, which can cause us to feel bad about our appearance and want to avoid social gatherings.
Feeling bad about our smile can cause a ripple effect in other areas of our lives. By improving the shade of your teeth, we also improve your sense of well-being. When you feel confident in yourself, you'll put yourself out there more and take advantage of more opportunities.
Teeth whitening is by far the most popular cosmetic dental treatment and there’s no secret as to why. It’s affordable, non-invasive, doesn’t require anesthetic, and quickly transforms our teeth.