Tooth bleaching, also called tooth whitening, can reduce or eliminate stains from a wide variety of causes to give patients a brighter smile. Unlike over-the-counter tooth bleaching products, which can take weeks to deliver results, bleaching at our office works in less than an hour. Our Tujunga tooth bleaching expert offers multiple professional whitening options to suit different goals. For every patient, our dentist starts this process by checking the tint of the teeth and planning treatment accordingly. Here is more about what tooth bleaching can do and how it works.
Stains affecting the surfaces of teeth can generally be reduced or eliminated through tooth bleaching. Lifestyle factors that can cause stains include smoking and consumption of heavily pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries, coffee, wine, and tea. Although discoloration can also result from tooth decay or certain antibiotics, these issues affect the inside of the tooth and require a concealment approach. In cases where patients experience repeated exposure to staining agents, regular visits to our expert in tooth bleaching in Tujunga may be warranted for continuing aesthetic maintenance.
Tooth Bleaching Tujunga
Before bleaching teeth, our Tujunga tooth bleaching expert cleans them. Next, our dentist dries the teeth and places guards in the mouth so that the bleaching compounds do not come into contact with the gums and other soft tissues. After our dentist applies the bleaching formula to the teeth, our dentist allows it to work and may activate it with a special type of light. Finally, our dentist removes the bleaching formula and may repeat the process depending on the type of tooth bleaching ordered.
Although the time required for tooth bleaching can vary, the procedure normally takes less than an hour. If necessary, tooth bleaching can often be repeated for more dramatic improvements. Patients can help their results last longer by limiting their exposure to stain-causing factors, brushing and flossing daily, and visiting our Tujunga cosmetic dentist regularly for cleaning. To learn more about this treatment and what it can achieve, patients can schedule a consultation with our expert in tooth bleaching in Tujunga.