Having to go about your everyday life with stained and dull teeth can be a huge letdown. You may feel too conscious to even talk or smile confidently due to the stained teeth. They entirely ruin the aesthetics of the smile and can lead to frequent embarrassment when someone mocks you.
Luckily, you no longer have to live with stained teeth as we offer customized teeth whitening solutions to cater to your specific condition. Teeth whitening is the process of applying a whitening gel on the surface of the teeth to remove the stains caused due to various factors. It is one of the most popular cosmetic dental solutions, which can give you a better smile in just a few minutes’ time.
Common Causes of Teeth Staining
Most often, teeth tend to stain as a result of consuming colored foods and poor oral hygiene. When you do not brush your teeth properly, a thin layer of microbes gradually gets accumulated on the surface of the teeth, called plaque. It leaves a yellowish or brownish appearance on them. Other causes of teeth discoloration are smoking, consumption of alcohol, chewing tobacco, side-effects of specific medication, root canal infections, gum diseases, etc.
Popular teeth whitening solutions
Conventional In-office teeth whitening: This type of teeth whitening is one of the most commonly preferred cosmetic solutions. The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly, and a rubber dam will be placed over them to cover the gums. A whitening gel will be applied on the surface of the teeth and spread evenly. The whitening gel should remain on the teeth surface for a few minutes so that the staining particles are removed from the porous structure. The procedure may be repeated multiple times if the severity of staining is too much.
Teeth whitening trays: Customized trays made from dental-grade plastic can be worn along with a whitening gel to remove the staining from the surface of the teeth. You can use them in the comfort of your home, which would spare you the chair time that you would have to spend at a dentist’s office. The best part about this method is that the whitening trays prevent the gel from washing off or the saliva from getting in contact with the gel and making it less effective.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (408) 262-1710 to have a consultation with Dr. Lum.