Teeth Whitening in Long Beach
Your teeth can become discolored over time. Teeth discoloration is often caused by eating or drinking a particular kind of food or beverage, such as tea, coffee or soda. Discolored teeth can be whitened by any of the following methods: natural bleaching, bleaching gel, bleaching pen, bleaching strips and laser bleaching.
Everybody wants to have an attractive white smile. Many procedures and products are available to help enhance your appearance. For some people, good oral hygiene and regular cleaning at the dentist are all that is needed for an attractive smile, while others may need something else. If you want to improve your smile, you need to be aware of the available whitening options.
If you have an interest in teeth whitening let us discuss the different procedures with you. We’ll let you know which one is right for you. The effectiveness of whiteners depend largely on the type of discoloration. Teeth with a yellowish tone will bleach well, teeth with a brownish tone may not bleach so well, while teeth with a greyish tone will probably not bleach at all.
Whiteners will not change the color of tooth-colored filings or bonding in your front teeth. In these instances it would be better to use dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
Are you a candidate for teeth whitening? Here are the available options for a brighter, whiter smile!
In-office bleaching: Known also as chair-side bleaching, this procedure usually needs just one office visit. A protective gel is applied to the gums by the dentist or a rubber shield is used to safeguard the soft tissue. After this, a bleaching agent is smeared on the teeth, which may require the use of a special light. Lasers are used during this procedure to improve the action of the whitening agent.
At-home bleaching: This procedure uses peroxide which contains whiteners. Generally, peroxide is available in the form of a gel. It is placed in a mouth guard and acts on the teeth by bleaching the tooth’s enamel. Side effects like gum irritation or an increase in sensitivity are common to this procedure. Your dentist will discuss with you any concerns you may have about this procedure.
Whitening toothpastes: Every toothpaste contains mild abrasives which helps to get rid of stain on the teeth’s surface. Whitening toothpastes which have been approved by the ADA contain a polishing agent or special chemical which have added stain removal value. ADA accepted products are not like bleaches because they can remove the surface stain without changing the teeth’s color.
Dental implants make it possible to replace lost or badly damaged teeth with artificial teeth that are just as good, if not better, than your original teeth. By using the latest medical technology and procedures, an artificial root is placed into your jaw on which we then place your new tooth.