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Teeth Whitening Carmichael, CA

Would you like your smile to be at its brightest for a special occasion?

Teeth WhiteningWhatever the reason, Tooth Whitening isn’t just for the movie stars, and it isn’t just for one day. Many people today have their teeth whitened. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is a common concern. Tooth Whitening safely lightens the color of your teeth giving your smile a youthful, stunning appearance.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

What causes tooth discoloration?

As we grow older, our adult teeth gradually become darker, mainly due to changes in the mineral structure and composition of teeth. Your teeth can also become stained by eating certain kinds of foods like berries, beets and candy. Certain beverages can also cause tooth discoloration: soda, cola, coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco products, both cigarettes and chewing tobacco cause tooth discoloration.

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Is tooth whitening for you?

Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider Tooth Whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, beverages or smoking. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, whitening may be discouraged until these other problems are resolved.

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What’s involved in tooth whitening?

First, we will provide an examination to make sure you are a good candidate for whitening. If we find you are able to whiten, impressions will be made of your teeth to fabricate whitening trays for you. The trays are custom made to fit your mouth exactly. They are lightweight so that they can be worn comfortably. The whitening trays are so thin you should even be able to talk and work while wearing them. Along with whitening tray appliances, you’ll receive the whitening gel material and be given instructions on how to apply the gel and wear the trays.

We recommend whitening for one to two hours a day over a period of two to three weeks. If you experience sensitivity, we may recommend a modified schedule.

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How long does tooth whitening last?

Whitening should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee or tea. At this point you may choose to get a touch up. This procedure may not be as costly because you can use the same whitening trays. Re-whitening takes less time than the original treatment.

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How does tooth whitening work?

The active ingredient in the whitening system we use is 15-20 percent carbamide peroxide; when water contacts this white crystal, the release of hydrogen peroxide lightens the teeth.

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Is tooth whitening safe? Any side effects?

Several studies have proven whitening to be safe and effective, and the American Dental Association has granted its seal of approval to many popular teeth whitening products. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends.

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What results can I expect?

No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different, but typically there is a two-shade improvement as seen on a shade guide. The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your adherence to the prescribed regimen. Whitening does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, silicants, or porcelain restorations.

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What occasions do people whiten their teeth for?

People can whiten their teeth for any occasion but some of the most popular occasions are: photographs, media appearances, job interviews, reunions, weddings, graduations, proms, homecoming—or for just for a boost in self-confidence.

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