Don’t Just Live with a Stained Smile

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You should know you have options when it comes to whitening your smile.

There are so many things that can cause our teeth to look less than white over time. Unfortunately, this is just one ofteeth whitening the facts of getting older; however, this doesn’t mean that you just have to accept that you’ll always have to go through life with stained teeth. Our Winston Salem, NC cosmetic dentist, Dr. Denise Perrotta, is here to make sure you get the cosmetic care your smile deserves to become vibrant and more youthful.

How Will Teeth Whitening Brighten My Smile?

Our teeth whitening system involves applying a whitening solution over the teeth that people will see when you smile. When the bleach is applied to these teeth it immediately goes after the stain molecules that are found in the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth.

The whitening gel may be left on your teeth from anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. A dental laser may also be used to help activate the gel and speed up the bleaching process. This is a great way to get rid of surface stains caused by certain foods or drinks, or just stains caused by aging. While our whitening system is able to easily remove yellow stains and some brown stains, it won’t work on gray stains (internal stains). Teeth whitening also won’t work to brighten dental restorations like fillings or crowns.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Getting professional teeth whitening in Winston Salem is completely safe. There is no research to suggest that whitening could actually harm your teeth when performed correctly. Of course, it’s important to note that some people may experience temporary side effects such as minor sensitivity, particular to hot and cold.

There are two types of active ingredients that are often used to whiten teeth: hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide is often used in more home-based whitening systems because it can be left on teeth for longer periods of time without causing sensitivity. Most professional systems, on the other hand, use a faster-acting hydrogen peroxide, which can whiten teeth by as much as 10 shades in just one hour.

A whiter smile can instantly make you younger without the invasive cosmetic surgery. Call our Winston Salem, NC dental office to schedule your next whitening session with us or to find out if it’s right for you.

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