If your teeth are not as white as you would like, maybe thanks to a love of coffee, tea or wine, or due to the effects of aging, you could benefit from teeth whitening treatment with Dr. Ashwini Bhave. Teeth whitening treatment lifts stains and improves the color of your teeth so your smile looks whiter, brighter and healthier.
Why Choose a Professional for Teeth Whitening
Have you used drugstore whitening strips or toothpastes but not seen the results you desire? Over-the-counter options are simply not strong enough to penetrate the teeth and remove stains below the surface of the enamel. Certain products, like generic whitening trays and strips, are also prone to slipping, sliding and leaking, causing teeth sensitivity and/or gum irritation. Uneven or patchy results are another common problem with over-the-counter products.
When you trust your teeth whitening treatment to Dr. Bhave, you can expect a totally new experience. Treatment is fast and comfortable, and the results are even and noticeable. Even tough stains look lighter, thanks to professional bleaching agents. Dr. Bhave takes the proper precautions so you do not experience sensitivity or other uncomfortable side effects from whitening treatment. Dr. Bhave also provides the information you need to ensure your results last as long as possible.
Teeth Whitening Procedure Details
In-Office Teeth Whitening
You have several teeth whitening options with Dr. Bhave. If you want fast results, you may opt for a short, in-office whitening treatment. If you prefer to whiten in the comfort of your own home, Dr. Bhave can provide customized trays with a powerful whitening gel.
In-office whitening lifts stains and brightens your smile in as little as one hour. To begin, a protective barrier is placed over your gums to protect them from the whitening gel, and a desensitizing agent is applied to the teeth to reduce discomfort. Then, a powerful whitening gel is applied to your teeth to break up stains and improve the teeth’s overall color. The gel may be activated with a special light and wiped off and reapplied several times throughout the process. You will leave the office with a noticeably whiter and more beautiful smile.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
At-home whitening allows you to treat stains and discoloration at home or while traveling. You will be fitted for custom trays made to fit snugly and comfortably around your teeth. Dr. Bhave selects the whitening gel that will give you the results you want with the least amount of sensitivity. She also provides instructions regarding how to place the gel in the trays and how long to wear the trays. Results can be seen within a few weeks.
Porcelain Veneers as an Alternative to Teeth Whitening
Dr. Bhave offers one more option for improving the color of your teeth. If you have stains or discoloration that do not respond to whitening treatment, or if you are looking for permanently white teeth, she can place beautiful porcelain veneers over the teeth that show when you smile. Veneers can also change the shape of the teeth along with their color for the best aesthetic results.
Your veneers will be completely customized to the unique characteristics of your smile and face. They will blend in with your existing teeth and flatter your hair and eye color. Today’s veneers are stronger and more durable than ever, so you can enjoy your picture-perfect smile for many years.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Is there a difference between bleaching and whitening?
The use of these terms is actually regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although products that use the term “bleaching” must meet a higher standard, “whitening” is most often used for tooth whitening products and procedures because it sounds gentler and even more effective. Bleaching products contain hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide or other chemical bleaches. A whitening product can be anything from a conventional toothpaste that carries a whitening claim on the label to professional treatments.
The whitening you receive from your dentist will usually involve bleaching of dull, stained or yellowing teeth. In-office treatments typically use hydrogen peroxide at nine to 40 percent concentrations. Take-home kits feature carbamide peroxide at concentrations that are about a third of the strength of hydrogen peroxide.
What makes teeth lose their sparkle?
The whiteness of your teeth is directly related to the health and age of their surface enamel. Over time, this protective enamel begins to wear away, exposing the natural color of your tooth below the surface, which is not the dazzling white shade you would prefer. Dentin below the surface typically has a yellowish hue. Tooth color is a genetic trait, and so some individuals have more of a brown or even greenish-gray coloring just below the enamel. In addition, cracks develop over time as your teeth chew food and are exposed to sugars and acids. This gradually leads to a duller appearance of the teeth. The thickness of your teeth is also something that you have inherited. Thin, translucent teeth lose their sparkle faster, and are more difficult to whiten.
What causes staining?
Although most tooth staining is related to diet and lifestyle choices, some types of discoloration begin early in life and are beyond your control. If you or your mother took tetracycline antibiotics when your teeth were forming, you may have permanent dark grey or brown stains. Excessive intake of fluoride at early ages can also create similar intrinsic stains that form in the interior of teeth.
The other causes of staining are mostly obvious: Smoking yellows teeth, and many foods and beverages have the ability to stain teeth when consumed regularly. This group includes coffee, tea, red wine and dark-colored foods. Vinegar, fruits and vegetables with high acid content can also create stains by eroding the protective enamel. These surface stains, known as extrinsic stains, can become intrinsic stains that are much harder to remove if allowed to accumulate.
For patients in San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and surrounding areas, regular cleanings at Bay Area Dental Specialists can prevent your surface stains from penetrating the dentin and becoming permanent marks. In addition, we offer effective whitening solutions, both in-house and at-home, that can renew and whiten your smile conveniently and effectively.
For more information about teeth whitening with Dr. Bhave, please call or email our practice today.