Dentist Seattle: Teeth Whitening
Have you noticed your teeth getting less white over time? You’re not alone; many people experience this darkening of their teeth. It can happen for many reasons. Certain foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, and curry, can stain teeth. Smoking also leads to stains. There are many other factors that can lead to loss of the whiteness of your teeth. (Ask your dentist in Seattle whether any of your habits or medications might be affecting your teeth.)
While it may be common to have your teeth become darker over time, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. There are several methods available for removing some of those surface stains and restoring the brightness of your smile.
What types of teeth whitening are available?
Teeth whitening involves using a mild peroxide-based bleaching agent to break down the chemical bonds in any stains on the surface of your teeth. With the stains removed, your teeth look whiter. We offer take-home whitening kits, which you can use in the comfort of your own home. These kits will work for those who only need a mild whitening. If you want more whitening, then you can have it done professionally in-office by your dentist in Seattle.
Professional teeth whitening by your dentist in Seattle
Professional whitening uses a higher concentration of whitening agent, under the supervision of your dentist. The bleaching agent is left on for a precise amount of time before being removed. Your dentist in Seattle will protect your gums from the whitening agent, either by covering them with a rubber dam or by putting a layer of protective gel over them; this allows a higher concentration of whitening agent to be used by your dentist in Seattle.
At Seattle’s Best Smiles, we offer Zoom!®, as well as Sinsational Smiles®, the only green-certified whitening system.
What can I expect after my teeth whitening treatment?
Teeth whitening is very good at removing surface stains and brightening your smile. However, if you have deeper problems with the teeth, whitening agents may not be able to fix the problem.
Teeth whitening will only whiten your natural teeth. Any crowns, bridges, veneers, fillings, or other dental work will not be affected by the whitening agent. If your dental work was color-matched to your stained teeth, and then your teeth are whitened, your dental work may become visible, because it’s now darker than the surrounding teeth. Conversely, if your dental work was done some time ago and your teeth have acquired stains since then, then your dental work may look lighter than your teeth; teeth whitening performed by your dentist in Seattle may restore your teeth to their previous color, helping your dental work to blend in again.
Looking for a dentist in Seattle?
If you’re seeking a dentist in Seattle to whiten your teeth, Dr. Mark Caggiano of Seattle’s Best Smiles is a great choice, for your teeth whitening as well as your other dental care needs. Dr. Caggiano also offers sedation dentistry, which helps people who feel anxious about going to the dentist to feel more relaxed and calm during their appointments. Please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caggiano, your dentist in Seattle.