Take one stroll down the dental hygiene aisle at your local pharmacy and you’ll soon realize that there is no shortage of interest in the teeth whitening industry. Many of our patients at Vineyard Dental Group in Santa Rosa, CA inquire about the best way to get a brighter smile. If you are looking to truly eliminate stains and whiten your teeth, your best bet is professional solutions from your dentist. Below, we’ll take a look at the professional teeth whitening process and how it can put the sparkle back in your smile.

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What causes tooth discoloration?

Before we discuss whitening your teeth, it’s helpful to understand what causes dental discoloration. Some of the most common causes include:

  • The pigments in dark foods and beverages (coffee, tea, red wine, red pasta sauce)
  • The aging process naturally causes wearing to the enamel, revealing the yellow-colored dentin underneath
  • Genetics can contribute to darker teeth
  • Tetracycline medications at a young age can cause dark/stained teeth
  • Smoking and tobacco use can cause teeth to yellow and darken over time

Advantages of professional teeth whitening

Many patients come Vineyard Dental Group about professional teeth whitening after already trying a store-bought solution that produced lackluster results. Professional teeth whitening will give you the best results in a safe manner. The benefits of professional teeth whitening include:

  • Personalized treatment plans
  • Safe and effective treatment monitored by a dentist
  • If the cause of staining cannot be treated by teeth whitening, the dentist can recommend effective alternatives

Types of professional teeth whitening

When opting for professional teeth whitening, patients can choose from two options: in-office and at-home teeth whitening. During your consultation, we’ll explain the process for both so you can choose the option that works best for you.

In-office whitening

In-office whitening is the fastest way to brighten your smile, giving you results in just a single visit. Your dentist will begin by isolating the teeth and using protective barriers to ensure the whitening agent does not touch the soft tissue in the mouth. The professional teeth bleaching solution is applied to the teeth and the process is continued until the desired level of whitening has been achieved.

At-home whitening

Individuals who prefer a more gradual approach to whitening can use professional take-home kits. With this option, the dentist will send you home with customized trays and a professional teeth whitening solution along with instructions for how long to wear the trays each day. Teeth whitening at home is also a great way to periodically touch up your teeth to keep your smile sparkling.

To schedule your consultation for professional teeth whitening services from Vineyard Dental Group, give us a call at (707) 545-0944.