Best Teeth Whitening Treatment In Sunnyvale, CA
Your pearly white smile fades over time as the mineral structure of your teeth changes. The enamel becomes porous and becomes dull due to an accumulation of stains. Teeth whitening is the best noninvasive way to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Types of Stains:
- Extrinsic Stains
These are the surface stains caused by beverages, foods, and smoking. Over time, surface stains penetrate the dentin and cause yellow teeth.
- Intrinsic Stains
These are present in the teeth. Mineral exposure (Fluoride), trauma and tetracycline antibiotics cause intrinsic stains.
How does Teeth Whitening Work?
A gel made of oxidizing agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, is applied on teeth. A specialized laser light activates the gel and allows whitening to take place. The oxidizing agents penetrate to porosities in the enamel and oxidize the interprismatic stain deposits. Laser whitening makes teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
Types of Whitening:
- Vital Whitening
Vital whitening is for the living teeth. It is used to whiten the teeth that have extrinsic stains. It uses the gel and laser method to whiten the teeth. One sitting of vital whitening lasts for 30-90 minutes. Results are visible after 1-3 visits to clinic.
- Non-Vital Whitening
Non-vital whitening is for the teeth that are no longer alive. Peroxide, an oxidizing agent, is sealed within the target tooth. A filing is applied over the tooth to cover the mixture. The target tooth becomes white with time.
Home Teeth Whitening:
Mouthpieces, provided by the dentists, can be used for in-home treatment. Your dentist will make tray-like structures to hold the whitening gel that fit the teeth. It is advised to wear the mouthpiece for several hours a day. Results will be visible after 2 weeks of treatment.
If you want to brighten your smile, book an appointment with Dr. Phillip Thai now!