Teeth Whitening Freshens Up Your Smile

Teeth WhiteningNo one likes to look worn out, particularly when they smile. Yet, over time, teeth tend to stain and become dull. How's your smile? If you'd like to freshen it up, Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, has the way: in-office and at-home teeth whitening. Professionally supervised, safe and effective, this popular treatment changes personal appearance and self-confidence, too.

Why teeth become discolored

Food, beverages, tobacco, prescription medications, oral injury and the aging process--these factors play a significant role in why teeth become dark and dull, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Poor oral hygiene complicates matters as plaque and tartar accumulate on and between teeth.

Your solutions

Yes, retail outlets, including mall kiosks and drugstores, offer over-the-counter products which promise dazzling smiles. However, most of these toothpastes, rinses, and strips deliver minimal results and may cause uncomfortable dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity.

What's a better option? Teeth whitening with Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon changes tooth color by as many as eight shades. Your Costa Mesa dentist inspects your oral health before offering any cosmetic dental service. Then, if you're qualified, the doctor explains how in-office and at-home teeth whitening works. Both are equally effective; so the choice is yours!

In-office whitening

It takes an hour or so and happens right in the dental chair. After protecting your gums and lips with a plastic dam, your dentist applies a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to all tooth surfaces. The gel penetrates the enamel and lifts the staining organic matter to the surface where your dentist rinses it away. You'll leave the office with a super-bright smile.

At-home whitening

This is a more gradual process but works just as well. In the privacy of your own home, you'll apply peroxide gel (a less powerful form) via custom-made acrylic trays. Your Costa Mesa dentist will tell you how long to wear the trays and for how many days. After your treatments are done, you'll love your youthful, bright teeth.

The ADA says that teeth recently whitening actually stain more easily for a while. To protect your new white smile, avoid tobacco and limit coffee, blueberries, acidic tomato sauces, and other dark dietary choices. Drink plenty of water, and brush twice a day. Daily flossing is important, as are your semi-annual visits to Harbor Mesa Dental Care. Ask about occasional whitening touch-ups, too.

Call today

A white smile could be a dental visit away. Contact the friendly team at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, to learn all about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental services. Phone (714) 825-0025.