Teeth Whitening in Sacramento
Teeth whitening is an affordable, non-invasive way to remove stains from your teeth, and restore a bright, healthy smile. At our Sacramento dentist, Dr. Redford provides powerful tooth whitening services in a friendly, professional setting.
Because teeth whitening is affordable and painless, it’s a very common cosmetic dentistry procedure. It’s estimated that nearly 90% of cosmetic dentistry patients are seeking to whiten teeth as part of their cosmetic treatments.
By removing surface stains and discoloration, teeth whitening restores the natural beauty of your smile. Let’s take a deeper look at teeth whitening procedure from Redford Smiles now.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening is relatively simple to understand. Whether you choose in-office, take-home, or over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, the basic method of action is the same.
Teeth whitening gels and treatments all contain some sort of active whitening ingredient. This is usually a peroxide such as carbamide peroxide, or hydrogen peroxide. Peroxides contain oxygen molecules that react with the surface discoloration of your teeth.
Tooth enamel is very porous. This allows peroxide to penetrate the enamel and reach the dentin, Then, the peroxide breaks down and bleaches the stain deposits.
This results in a brighter smile and whiter teeth. The procedure is non-invasive, and patient discomfort is very rare. At Redford Smiles, we can provide teeth up to 10 shades whiter in as little as 1 treatment!
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
According to the Oral Health Foundation, teeth whitening can last up to 3 years, if proper care is taken to ensure stains do not recur. However, this can vary from person to person, depending on oral care habits and lifestyle choices.
For example, if a patient consistently participates in activities that stain and discolor teeth, teeth whitening treatments will not last nearly as long. This can include smoking, consuming excessive amounts of coffee, tea, or wine, and eating foods such as blueberries, which can stain the teeth.
With proper oral care, patients can easily avoid surface stains and discoloration for quite a while. However, if proper precautions and lifestyle changes are not followed, teeth whitening may only last a year.
After your teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Redford will provide you with information on how to avoid surface stains in the future, and make sure that your newly-whitened teeth stay beautiful and shiny.
In-Office Vs. Take-Home Teeth Whitening
At Redford Smiles in Sacramento, we provide both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. Both our in-office and take-home whitening treatments provide teeth that are up to 10 shades whiter, removing tough and long-lasting stains.
In-office teeth whitening typically requires only one treatment session. Multiple appointments may be required for patients with serious stains or discoloration.
During our in-office teeth whitening procedure, Dr. Redford will fit your teeth with custom oral trays, containing a powerful peroxide-based bleaching agent. Then, a strong halogen light activates the bleaching agent.
This halogen light accelerates the breakdown of bleaching agents, providing incredibly fast, effective results. An in-office whitening session typically takes only 45 minutes, and results in a much brighter smile.
This makes in-office teeth whitening popular for patients who require fast teeth whitening services for a special occasion, such as a wedding.
Take-home teeth whitening is also available at Redford Smiles. Take-home teeth whitening is just as effective as our in-office teeth whitening services, but allows patients to treat themselves in the comfort of their own homes.
Dr. Redford will give you a set of custom-molded plastic trays built to fit your teeth. These trays are filled with a powerful peroxide bleaching agent. Crafted specifically for your teeth, these custom trays provide much better whitening performance compared to over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions.
Take-home teeth whitening is usually better for patients who do not have much time, or dislike spending time at the dentist.
Methods to Whiten Your Teeth at Home
Besides take-home teeth whitening from Redford Smiles, there are a variety of other methods often used to whiten teeth at home.
One popular home whitening method is using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. By combining 1 tbsp of baking soda with 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide, you can make a whitening “paste” that is an effective whitening treatment.
The paste is then brushed onto the teeth, and allowed to sit for up to a minute. After this, rinse your teeth and spit out the paste. You can repeat this process up to 3 times a week.
There are also a variety of whitening toothpastes available on the market. These toothpastes can help maintain a bright, white smile, even after professional teeth whitening treatment. Select a product with hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient, ideally with at least a 3.5% concentration.
Finally, over-the-counter whitening products can be used, such as Crest Whitestrips and other at-home bleaching trays. These products are safe and easy-to-use, but will not provide the same level of whitening as a professional teeth whitening treatment from Redford Smiles.
Are Teeth Whitening Products Safe?
Yes. When used appropriately, teeth whitening products are completely safe. Most products on the market today have no adverse effects on the gums or teeth, when used correctly.
Contrary to popular belief, excessive teeth-whitening does not thin out the enamel. However, over-whitening can lead to a nearly-translucent enamel, so you should consult your dentist before beginning a teeth whitening regimen.
The only other adverse effect common in teeth whitening products is tooth sensitivity. This usually only occurs during treatment. The breakdown of stains can cause increased tooth sensitivity, but this passes within 24-48 hours of treatment.
Overall, teeth whitening products are incredibly safe. They do not change the physical structure of the tooth, and have no dangerous side-effects or symptoms.
Contact Us For An Appointment Today!
Dr. Redford at Redford Smiles provides expert teeth whitening services to patients all around the Sacramento area. If you’re looking for a great dentist to whiten teeth quickly and effectively, Redford Smiles is the best place for you.
Whether you’re simply in need of teeth whitening, or are interested in a smile makeover at our cosmetic dentistry practice, Redford Smiles is an ideal choice. With powerful in-office and at-home teeth whitening solutions, we can help you get the smile of your dreams!
Contact us today for an appointment, and to learn more about teeth whitening in Sacramento! Schedule your consultation at (916) 565-2570, or come to our office at 79 Scripps Dr. Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95608.