If you’re looking for an effective cosmetic procedure for a brighter new smile, professional teeth whitening is the solution. You can decide whether to get your teeth whitened with a laser technique or at home on your own time with customized bleaching trays. Dr. Sarkis Aznavour, your dentist in Santa Clarita, is proud to offer both teeth whitening methods for a stunning, brighter smile that will transform your appearance and boost your confidence.
What happens during professional teeth whitening?
When you’re on the road to brighter and whiter teeth, you can expect several visits to your Santa Clarita dentist to include several check up procedures:
Cleanings & Exams: It's essential to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy before beginning any cosmetic procedure. The dental exam and cleaning are done to confirm that there is no plaque, tartar, gum disease, tooth decay, cracked teeth or other oral health concerns. In this way, your teeth are ready for the best possible smile makeover results.
Restorations: If your dentist in Santa Clarita finds any gum recession, tooth decay or other oral health concern, your teeth and gums will need to be treated before teeth whitening. For better teeth whitening results, the health of your teeth needs to come first.
Shade Guide: Before proceeding with the whitening treatment, you need to choose a color from the shade guide. Identify which shade most closely matches the tone of your teeth and then, select the shade that will be your goal for the whitening treatment. You can go from two to ten shades lighter. You can use this to compare your teeth to see if you have achieved your desired results.
Whitening Treatment: The teeth whitening procedure process varies with each method, which are explained below:
Teeth whitening at home
For whitening at home, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a customized tray and will give you instructions on how to use it with a bleaching gel. This is a great option for those who have sensitive teeth and may find in-office whitening uncomfortable. The bleaching gels used for home whitening treatment are less intense, with a lower level of hydrogen peroxide. You’ll experience the whitening results within several weeks.
Laser (in-office) teeth whitening
When you’re seeking immediate results, the laser teeth whitening is the right choice. A bleaching product is applied to each tooth, and then, heat generated by the light or laser will activate the whitening. Laser whitening takes about an hour in the dental practice. Our Santa Clarita dentist will have your smile whitened by several shades in just one visit.
Who is a candidate for teeth whitening?
If your teeth have been stained due to:
- poor oral hygiene,
- drinking coffee/tea,
- or aging
Then you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening treatment.
If you have any of these following conditions, then teeth whitening is not an option:
- people who have teeth that are naturally dull in color and are not related to stains or aging
- people who have thin tooth enamel that is not especially strong,
- people who have intrinsic tooth stains (within the tooth enamel) and require a different cosmetic dentistry treatment.
How Often Should You Whiten Your Teeth?
In-office whitening usually lasts about a year, sometimes for a few years, before needing to be done again. Teeth whitening at home usually lasts for several months. It can usually be done once a year.
Are there any risks associated with teeth whitening?
There are minimal risks associated with teeth whitening but they are temporary and mild. Some of the common risks reported included increased tooth sensitivity due to the chemicals used in teeth whitening and gum irritation, which can harm tooth enamel. The risks can be avoided or minimized when you are following the instructions given by the dental professionals correctly. It is recommended to all pregnant women not whiten their teeth until delivery.
Contact Healthy Smiles Dental to find out which method of teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry is right for you. Our cosmetic dentist in Santa Clarita is always accepting new and existing patients. Call (661) 210-4280 to schedule an appointment at our dental practice located at 24242 Lyons Avenue in the Santa Clarita, CA area.