The health and functionality of our teeth is very important, but for many people, feeling comfortable with their smile involves the shape, spacing, and shade of their teeth as well. Altering the shape and spacing of teeth is a process that takes some time, but improving the shade of teeth can be done much faster with results that are just as satisfying. We often describe or think of our teeth as white, but certain oral catalysts can cause our teeth to be tainted undesirable hues of yellow, brown, or black. A variety of different activities and factors can leave our teeth stained and discolored, such as:
- Consuming certain foods such as berries or sauces
- Consuming certain antibiotics such as tetracycline
- Drinking coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, or soda
- Ingesting excessive amounts of fluoride
However, one of the most effective and convenient dental procedures can undo great amounts of cosmetic damage and restore teeth to their natural, pearly luster. This dental procedure is teeth whitening, and Village Dental readily offers teeth whitening to our patients.
Teeth Whitening with Village Dental
Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that safely and successfully lightens the discolorations of tooth enamel. Dramatically different, beautifully brilliant whitening is achieved through the use of peroxide-based bleaching agents. The active ingredient in our whitening gel is carbamide peroxide, which breaks down in the mouth to form hydrogen peroxide. These powerful bleaching agents do not modify the structure of the teeth; they simply lighten and whiten the tooth enamel. In general, whitening yields a noticeable change in the color of the teeth for 90%-95% of patients, though bleaching will not whiten fillings, crowns, bridges, or bondings.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
The benefits of teeth whitening are clear. For patients with healthy, unrestored teeth, teeth whitening can achieve a whiter, brighter, younger looking smile in a very short period of time. For established patients, Village Dental offers the lifetime white program, and with consistent dental hygiene and minor touchups at home, the whitening effects of bleaching can last for years. Though bleaching does not whiten crowns, bridges, fillings, or bondings, it will return these existing restorations to their original coloring and can also whiten teeth to match these artificial colors. As a simple, non-invasive procedure, the teeth whitening process is totally free of pain, and while patients could experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation shortly after beginning the process, these minor side effects are only temporary and always disappear once the treatment is completed.
Our Village Dental Care Approach to Teeth Whitening
At Village Dental, our commitment to providing our patients with the most attractive, admirable smiles motivates us to offer highly powerful and completely painless teeth whitening services. Using the most advanced whitening techniques, we can guarantee radiant teeth that are three to eight shades whiter. We always present detailed explanations of our whitening process with our patients, and we also recommend the helpful habits that allow our patients to maintain their freshly whitened smiles. We use our Village Dental Care approach to ensure the patient is as comfortable and as informed as possible. With regular checkups, we can monitor the maintenance of teeth whitening to ensure that the results last as long as possible.