Having a bright, white smile conveys health, youth, and beauty. If your teeth are starting to lose their gleam, teeth whitening could give your confidence a genuine boost. Mala Sheth, DDS, of Alpine Village Dental, serving Los Angeles’ South Bay region, is a renowned authority on cosmetic dentistry. For comprehensive teeth whitening services, call Dr. Sheth at her Torrance, California, office or book an appointment online.
Having white teeth is seen as a symbol of health and youthfulness. If your teeth aren’t sparkling white, you may feel self-conscious. Young teeth are usually bright and white, but over time, they change color, fading to off-white and then starting to yellow.
The change in color arises as the dentin inside your teeth starts to show through, but other factors can make the yellowing look worse, such as:
High blood pressure medication, antihistamines, and antipsychotics can also cause tooth yellowing.
Teeth whitening products contain a bleaching agent that breaks down the molecules in the stained areas. You can buy over-the-counter teeth whitening products that may help brighten your smile to some extent, but they don’t have the strength or effectiveness of a professional teeth whitening product.
Dr. Sheth uses and supplies Zoom whitening treatment kits, which you can use at home or have administered professionally. Dr. Sheth is also an expert in the use of lasers for whitening teeth.
The results you get from teeth whitening treatment depend on the unique composition of your teeth and the extent of discoloration on your enamel. Dr. Sheth advises you how well teeth whitening is likely to work for you so you know what to expect, and she helps you decide the most appropriate treatment.
The teeth whitening process is straightforward and painless. Dr. Sheth shields your gums with a protective layer, then applies the bleaching agent to your teeth. She leaves the bleach on for a calculated amount of time before cleaning your teeth, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile.
You may only need one session of teeth whitening, and you probably won’t need another for several years — up to five years, in some cases.
A healthy, white smile can boost your self-esteem, helping you enjoy a more active social life and feel more confident at work. Find out how teeth whitening can change your life for the better by calling Alpine Village Dental today or booking an appointment online.