By Robert Wick, DDS
May 21, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is one of today's most popular and effective cosmetic dental treatments. Offered by your Hayward, CA, dentist, Dr. Robert Wick, professional teeth whitening can help you achieve a brighter, more youthful appearance. Rest assured; you'll receive expert care that leaves you smiling.

Stains, stains, stains

Yes, they accumulate over the years. Smoking, dark foods and beverages, and simple aging are the commonest causes, but fortunately, these discolorations also are the easiest to remedy. Here's why.

Most dental stains are composed of organic matter which catches in tooth enamel. Enamel is a network of highly calcified fibers, much like a piece of cotton cloth or burlap, except that the network is rock-hard. Food residues, tobacco, and other material build up, and over time teeth appear several shades darker than they once did.

Additionally, teeth may darken from oral injury, root canal therapy, or abscess. If these conditions cause teeth to change color, professional teeth whitening in Hayward will not solve the problems; only restorative treatments will.

If you desire a whiter smile, Dr. Wick will examine your teeth and gums to confirm they are healthy enough for the procedure. Smiles with many restorations such as crowns, fillings, and veneers generally are not good candidates, and people who have gum problems must have those addressed first before undergoing any cosmetic dental treatment.

Your whitening options

If you are a candidate for professional whitening, you have two choices: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Both kinds render similar results: enamel that is several shades brighter.

In-office whitening takes a single two-hour visit during which the dentist swabs on powerful hydrogen peroxide gel and activates it with a special light. At-home whitening uses a less concentrated gel applied via acrylic trays. The trays are worn for several days in a row for a specifically prescribed time each day.

Each method protects the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums, from sensitivity issues, a frequent and uncomfortable result of over-the-counter strips and shopping mall treatments. Dr. Wick will explain your options to you so you make an informed choice.

After whitening

Expect dramatic results which last indefinitely if you:

  • Brush, floss, and get six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Wick
  • Undergo whitening touch-ups when needed
  • Forego tobacco
  • Limit staining drinks and foods (you can drink your tea, coffee, or cola with a straw)

Learn more

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people who undergo professional teeth whitening generally feel better about their personal appearance. Would you like to be more confident when you smile? Then, contact Dr. Wick in Hayward, CA, for a teeth whitening consultation: (510) 782-1444. You will love the results!