Do you avoid smiling because your teeth are stained? Just one professional teeth whitening session can dramatically improve the appearance of your dull teeth. Kona, HI, dentist Dr. Garrett Oka shares some information on the whitening process.
How does whitening eliminate stains?
Stains can be a natural part of aging or may occur when dark pigments from tobacco, foods and beverages sink deep into the pores of your tooth enamel. When stains penetrate your enamel, no amount of brushing will remove them. Getting rid of those stains requires hydrogen peroxide, a very effective stain buster.
Hydrogen peroxide targets the darkly colored pigments and breaks them apart, effectively eliminating stains. The chemical compound is the active ingredient in both over-the-counter and professional whitening agents. Because drugstore whitening kits contain a weak formulation of hydrogen peroxide, it may take a few weeks or months until the product begins to produce results. Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide used by dental offices offers much quicker results, which is an important consideration if you know you won't have the patience to follow through with do-it-yourself whitening.
How long does professional teeth whitening take?
When you visit our Kona office, you can choose from in-office or at-home whitening. Both options offer impressive results, although an in-office session whitens your teeth in about an hour, while you'll need to use take-home trays and whitening gel for a few weeks to achieve maximum whitening.
How can I keep my teeth white and bright after whitening?
Avoiding the things that originally caused your stains can help you maintain your results for several years. Quit smoking and avoid or limit these foods and beverages:
If you do happen to notice that your teeth are beginning to look a little dull, you can touch them up with at-home whitening gels and trays provided by our office. Regular brushing and flossing will also keep your teeth looking their best.
Teeth whitening can give you the bright smile you deserve. Call Kona, HI, dentist Dr. Garrett Oka at (808) 329-0889 to schedule your appointment.