A bright and confident smile is an attractive feature. Unfortunately, many people are self-conscious about their teeth, making them feel embarrassed and shy in social situations. Teeth discoloration is a common problem that can impact your self-esteem. Thankfully, you can treat stained teeth with professional teeth whitening.
Here at Runnels Orthodontics, we offer professional teeth whitening treatments. Dr. Scott Runnels is a member of several dental associations. He is passionate about giving his patients a reason to smile. Feel free to contact us or visit us in Destin, FL, for your teeth whitening treatment.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that lightens the color of your teeth to improve their overall appearance. Teeth whitening works by breaking down stains and discoloration on the surface of your teeth.
Most teeth whitening treatments use a bleaching agent, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to whiten your teeth. These agents penetrate the enamel of your teeth and break down the chemical bonds that create stains and discoloration. This process is called oxidation, and it effectively removes surface-level stains from your teeth.
During your teeth whitening treatment, we will apply a high concentration of bleaching agent directly to your teeth and use a light to activate the whitening process. This treatment can successfully lighten your teeth by several shades.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products, but they may not provide the results you want. These products are only suitable for mild discoloration. Here are a few ways you can benefit from professional teeth bleaching.
Stain-free teeth can give you a brighter smile. When you have a brighter smile, you may feel more confident in social and professional situations.
Safe and Effective
When performed by Dr. Runnels, a licensed dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth. He will ensure that your teeth do not get damaged during the treatment.
Professional teeth whitening can provide more durable results than over-the-counter whitening products because we use a stronger bleaching agent or lights to break down the layer causing discoloration.
We can create a customized treatment plan that considers your unique dental needs and desired level of whitening.
Better Oral Health
Teeth whitening can improve oral health by removing surface stains and discoloration that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Teeth whitening is often more cost-effective than other cosmetic dental treatments, such as veneers or bonding.
Teeth whitening treatments are non-invasive and do not require any anesthesia or a lengthy recovery period. You can continue with your daily activities immediately after your treatment.
Of course, you want your newly whitened teeth to look natural. We will ensure that your teeth are bleached to the correct shade of white, so they still look natural.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
Certain Foods and Beverages
What you eat and drink also contributes to teeth discoloration. Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and berries, can leave prominent stains on your teeth. Years of smoking and using other tobacco products can also leave your teeth with a yellow tone.
Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
One of the primary causes of stained teeth is poor oral hygiene. Plaque and tartar develop when you don’t brush your teeth regularly. A buildup of plaque and tartar leaves your teeth stained.
Unfortunately, some medications can cause stained teeth. Medications such as certain antibiotics, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications are common causes of stained teeth.
As you age, your tooth enamel naturally becomes thinner, making the underlying dentin more visible and causing your teeth to appear more yellow or gray.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The duration of teeth whitening results varies from person to person. The results depend on several factors, such as your diet, oral hygiene habits, and lifestyle choices. In general, teeth whitening results can last anywhere from six months to two years.
After professional teeth whitening treatments, you may experience some initial sensitivity and minor staining. However, these effects usually fade within a few days, leaving behind a brighter, whiter smile.
For those who want to maintain their teeth whitening results, we recommend touch-up treatments every six months to a year. These touch-up treatments are quick and easy, and they can ensure that your teeth remain bright and white for longer.
Candidates for Teeth Bleaching
Before undergoing teeth bleaching, it is important to have good oral health. If you have existing dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, they should be treated before the treatment. Teeth bleaching is most effective for patients with mild to moderate tooth discoloration caused by aging, tobacco use, or consumption of certain foods and drinks.
The best way to know if you are a suitable candidate for professional teeth whitening is to visit us for a consultation. In this way, we can assess the condition of your teeth and recommend a plan of action to help you reach your goals.
Teeth Whitening Treatments You Can Count On
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you can count on us to provide your desired results. We have a patient-focused approach to meet your unique needs. At Runnels Orthodontics, we offer teeth whitening treatments to help you look and feel your best when you smile. If you would like to know more about this treatment, please contact us online or call us at (850) 257-7222 to schedule your consultation.