You already know that your smile is one of the first things people notice, so why not show them just how vibrant it can be? Professional teeth whitening is a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to brighten your smile and improve your appearance. At Le Chabot Dental in San Leandro, California, Dr. Andy Le and Dr. Robert Lu offer a complete menu of cosmetic dentistry services, including customized teeth whitening. If you’re ready for a whiter, more vibrant smile, call or book your appointment online today.
Just as hair and skin come in a variety of shades, teeth also come in varying shades of white, some of which are naturally brighter than others. But no matter what shade of white your teeth are normally, staining and discoloration can make them look dull, yellow, or gray.
Tooth discoloration can happen quickly or gradually, depending on the underlying cause. Some reasons your pearly whites may not be so bright anymore are:
As tooth enamel becomes thinner with age, it can allow the yellowish dentin layer beneath to show through, making your teeth appear dull and yellowish.
Coffee, tea, red wine, and berries all are known to stain teeth with their intense pigments, which stick easily to tooth enamel, especially in areas of plaque and tartar buildup.
Certain prescription medicines, including antihistamines and blood pressure medication, have been linked to enamel discoloration.
Smokers are more likely to experience tooth discoloration, as both tar and nicotine can leave stubborn stains on enamel.
Although there are a variety of professional teeth whitening methods available, including chairside bleaching and laser whitening, customized bleaching trays are the safest, most convenient, and most economical whitening treatment available.
The team at Le Chabot Dental offers a customized take-home treatment so you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. This type of tooth whitening typically requires two visits.
During your first appointment, Dr. Le or Dr. Lu takes impressions of your teeth to be used in the fabrication of custom-fitted clear plastic trays. During your second visit, you try on the trays, and your dentist makes any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit.
Depending on your teeth and gum sensitivities, you receive a customized treatment plan that includes the right dosage of carbamide peroxide gel for your needs.
To whiten your teeth, you’ll put the special whitening solution on each tray and wear them either twice a day for 30 minutes, or overnight for a couple of weeks, depending on your plan.
Before you use bleach whitening trays, it’s essential to have a quick dental exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
That’s because dental bleaching isn’t effective for all types of discoloration: Yellowed teeth typically bleach well, while brown teeth bleach poorly, and grey teeth may not bleach at all.
Whitening treatments also only are effective on natural teeth and don’t work well on veneers, bonding, crowns, or bridges.