We know that Los Angeles is a premiere place to go see and be seen. But, truthfully, no one really wants to be seen if they have obvious stains on their teeth. Coffee, wine, tea, tobacco, and natural aging can all cause these stains — and in most cases, professional teeth whitening is only way to remove them.
In just a dental visit or two, you can get rid of unsightly dental discoloration and give your smile a big, glowing boost.
Considering teeth whitening for yourself? Here are 4 facts you need to know:
1. Results can last for years
After having your teeth whitened, it’s largely up to you as to how long the results will last. If you consistently brush and floss your teeth and avoid staining foods and beverages, the results can easily last for 2 years or more. If you don’t do any of these things, they can start to fade away after 6 months or less. No whitening treatment lasts forever, but with a quick touch-up every once in a while, you can make sure that you always have a bright smile you’re confident to show off.
2. It won’t damage your teeth
Whitening products have the potential to damage enamel if overused, but the bleaching solutions utilized by dentists are designed to not do this, plus dental professionals know exactly how long the teeth can be exposed before any negative effects develop. The same can’t be said of store bought whitening kits!
3. It’s best for the kids to wait
While a child’s teeth are still developing, their enamel tends to be thinner than an adult’s, so whitening could potentially cause them harm. That’s why most dentists won’t recommend whitening for anyone under 18.
4. It won’t affect dental work
If you have crowns, fillings, or veneers, a whitening treatment won’t affect their color like it will enamel. It’s best to tell us about any dental work you might have so they can make sure that your smile comes out the same gorgeous color. This may involve them giving you a new restoration or bleaching your teeth so they match your current restorations.
Teeth whitening is one of the fastest, easiest, and most affordable ways to dramatically improve your appearance, and hopefully this list will help you do it with peace of mind. Of course, if you have any other questions before getting a whitening treatment, be sure to ask us! We’ll be more than happy to help.
About THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®
THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® offers affordable cosmetic and laser dentistry and gentle, compassionate general dental care in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures, complete dental reconstruction and TMJ/Headache management. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable up-to-date dentistry and a team who truly cares at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®.