As we age, our teeth invariably pick up stains. Your tooth’s enamel is porous, and it’s easy for coffee, tea, wine and other substances to soak into the enamel and stain it. Plaque and tartar buildup can also grant a yellowish hue to your teeth, as can certain medications.
Fortunately, it’s possible to restore youthful whiteness to yellowing teeth. If your teeth have lost their luster, contact Sanchez Dental for a consultation; we can help you restore your beautiful white smile!
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening procedures involve the careful application of peroxide to the stained enamel. Hydrogen peroxide uses an oxidative process that chemically breaks down the pigments causing the stain, without harming the tooth enamel itself.
For the best teeth whitening results, a strong solution is required. While at-home bleaching kits are available, they usually contain less than 20% peroxide. The products we use at our office can have concentrations as high as 40%, making the results much more dramatic than what you could achieve at home.
What if Teeth Whitening Isn’t Enough?
Most patients leave our office with teeth whitened four to six times brighter than they were before treatment. For many people, this is enough. However, some patients may have very deep stains that are not affected by bleaching.
If this is your situation, don’t worry! There are still plenty of other solutions we can employ to create a dazzling white smile. We might use veneers or dental bonding to cover up the badly stained teeth and present a white smile to the world.
Everyone’s needs are different, and we like to handle our consultations on a personal basis to get a clear idea of your needs and goals. If you need help achieving a whiter smile, give us a call. We’ll work with you to find the perfect solution that will leave you with a brighter, healthier and more youthful smile.