Daly City enjoys the benefits of professional teeth whitening
It is estimated that over ten million people in the United States collectively spend nearly two billion dollars for teeth whitening services and products annually. Teeth whitening is the most frequently requested cosmetic dental service available today for some very good reasons. A bright, white smile creates an impression of radiant health, vitality, youth, warmth, and happiness. This makes a terrific impression on those we meet, whether he or she is a boss, business associate, co-worker, friend, neighbor, or potential date.
Dental bonding or porcelain veneers are better options in some cases
The first step in determining whether a teeth whitening treatment is the right option is a dental consultation, examination, and possibly, x-rays. The cause of the staining, as well as the state of oral health are important factors when considering teeth whitening.
Decay, abscesses, and problems with root canals can cause discoloration that will not be corrected with a whitening treatment. Internal (intrinsic) staining caused by tooth injury or medication typically does not respond well to a whitening treatment either. In cases such as these, Dr. Arellano may recommend an alternative treatment for smile enhancement.
Teeth whitening treatment from a dental professional involves carefully controlled use of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, customized for each patient. If cavities, periodontal disease, or other dental issues exist, they may require treatment before whitening can begin. Additionally, it is recommended that the teeth be cleaned professionally before whitening, to ensure optimal results. Dr. Arellano offers both in-office and at-home whitening to meet the needs of his patients.
The in-office whitening solution is the strongest, and precautions are taken to protect the gums and other soft tissues. A protective barrier is put on the gums, and the lips and surrounding areas are covered to prevent contact with the whitening agent. The gel is applied to the teeth and then rinsed off after 20 minutes. This cycle is typically repeated three times, and the teeth are several shades brighter in about an hour. This is a great option for patients who want to look their best in a hurry for an important event such as a reunion, business meeting, or wedding.
For at-home whitening, impressions are taken and custom mouth trays are created. The patient is provided with trays, whitening gel, and detailed instructions on their use. This method can require several weeks to reach the desired results. This option is popular with patients because it is effective, affordable, and convenient.
Teeth whitening can make patients feel better about themselves and help them make terrific first impressions. The best benefit of all after teeth whitening is Dr. Arellano’s favorite. Because patients are so pleased with their whiter, brighter smile, they tend to take better care of their oral health with improved oral hygiene practices and regular dental care. Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule a consultation for teeth whitening.