Teeth whitening can provide a dramatic difference in a short amount of time.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a procedure in cosmetic dentistry that lightens the color of your teeth and lifts away stains. Teeth whitening specifically works against stains and discoloration on the outermost layer of your teeth, called enamel.
Discoloration and staining develops naturally as you age and worsens when you drink or eat pigmented substances. Coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco are all notorious for staining your teeth over time.
Dr. Hernandez looks at your teeth to decide whether the stains and discoloration will respond to teeth-whitening treatments. Yellow and brown tones respond well to whitening treatments and can lift by 3-8 shades. If you have gray tones on your teeth, she might suggest that you get veneers instead since the staining is likely on the dentin inside the tooth instead of the enamel.
What should I expect during teeth whitening?
You have several options for teeth whitening from Dr. Hernandez at Luz Hernandez, DDS. You can speak with her during your consultation about your preferences and choose the right treatment accordingly. Your options are:
In-office whitening In-office whitening is the fastest way to brighten your smile. Dr. Hernandez uses GLO™ guided light optics whitening. During the procedure, she applies the hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel to your teeth before activating it with light and heat. You can see a dramatic difference in just 30-40 minutes.
Home whitening Dr. Hernandez offers take-home whitening options if your schedule is too busy for an in-office treatment. She can talk to you about custom trays if you’d prefer to do your whitening in the comfort of your home and on your own time.
Do teeth-whitening treatments make my teeth more sensitive?
The GLO whitening system uses a special formula designed to keep your teeth from becoming sensitive. You’ll notice minimal or no difference in the sensitivity of your teeth, but you’ll still see a significant difference in color.
With home whitening systems, Dr. Hernandez tells you how to use them in order to maximize your results and minimize any sensitivity. If you feel like your teeth are a bit more sensitive after your treatment, the sensitivity should go away shortly.
If you want gorgeous pearly whites with a simple, safe, and effective teeth-whitening treatment, call Luz Hernandez, DDS or contact us to request your consultation online today.