Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Teeth Whitening for the Win

Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Teeth Whitening for the Win

Posted by Dr. Shirley Zao on Jan 6 2022, 06:16 AM

Healthy white teeth significantly contribute to your personality. However, it is natural for your teeth to lose their luster with time. 

Factors such as diet, lifestyle habits, and dental hygiene routine can reduce the brightness of your teeth. Fortunately, teeth whitening treatments can help your teeth shine bright like a diamond cost-effectively. 

In this blog, our dental experts at John H. Ko, DDS in Pleasanton, California, explain the different types of teeth whitening procedures.

What Are Teeth Whitening Treatments?

One of the most common dental concerns people have is the color of their teeth. Teeth whitening treatments are a non-invasive and inexpensive way of restoring the beauty of your smile.  

Teeth Whitening Methods

There are several teeth whitening procedures that can help you regain the beauty of your smile, including:

  • Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products

For surface stains that are limited to the enamel, using over-the-counter teeth whitening products may be a good option. These products include whitening toothpaste, chewing gum, mouthwash, and whitening strips. They contain bleaching agents that whiten the teeth and are quite effective.

However, these options might take some time to show significant results.

  • At-Home Teeth Whitening Gels and Trays

You can either buy a whitening kit from the drugstore or get one made by your dentist for at-home treatment. These kits contain whitening gels and trays. Whitening kits from the drugstore might cause tooth sensitivity. However, a custom-made kit from your dentist will be more effective and have minimal side effects.

  • Professional Teeth Whitening Procedures

Reaching out to a trained professional for your teeth whitening procedure is the best option as it will ensure quicker and more effective results. The three common procedures dentists use are:

  • Laser Teeth Whitening:In  this method, a whitening agent is applied over your teeth and activated with the help of a laser. This shows instant results. 
  • Gel Whitening: This is a safe and easy way of whitening your teeth. It is also cost-effective.
  • Internal Bleaching: Internal bleaching is the most thorough method of teeth whitening and is recommended for patients getting root canal treatment. 

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

As long as you follow the instructions given by your dentist, teeth whitening is completely safe. Follow the aftercare tips in order to have healthy white teeth for a longer time. 

If you want to learn more about teeth whitening procedures, schedule an appointment by calling (925) 847-8790 or visit us at 5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd #200, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

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