If you have issues with your discolored or stained teeth, you are in luck. Teeth whitening is a great way to change and improve your look without a complicated or long-winded procedure. Getting a whiter smile doesn’t have to be hard. Learn more about teeth whitening with Dr. Emanuel Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
If you wish to improve the appearance of your smile by making stains and discolorations less noticeable, you will benefit from teeth whitening. However, not everyone is a good candidate. Teeth whitening does not work on porcelain dental restorations like crowns or bridges. If you have restorations in noticeable places throughout your mouth, you may want to avoid teeth whitening. Pregnant and nursing women should not whiten their teeth. Those with tooth decay or gum disease should have those conditions treated before considering whitening.
How does teeth whitening work?
Professional teeth whitening sessions use whitening gel containing an active ingredient which bleaches the teeth. By applying the whitening gel to the teeth, the gel helps break the chemical bonds between the molecules of your stain, dissipating the stain and improving its appearance. Professional in-office sessions differ from at-home whitening kits in the strength of the whitening agents’ active ingredient. At-home kits take several weeks or months of continued use to see results. Professional whitening sessions can provide much more dramatic results in less than an hour.
Teeth Whitening in San Antonio, TX
Your whitening session begins with Dr. Dehelean separating your teeth from your gums and other oral tissues using a dental dam. This helps prevent irritation and ensures the whitening gel is only applied to your teeth. He then applies the whitening gel and leaves it to activate on your teeth for about an hour. A special UV light directed at your teeth helps the process along. After whitening, avoid using known stain-causers like tobacco products and coffee to keep your teeth bright and white. Touch up appointments every six months also help you keep up your appearance.
For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX. Call (210) 656-4699 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Dehelean today!