Most of the time, your smile is the first thing people notice about you. Some even think a smile can say a lot about a person’s personality and health. But, if your teeth don’t have a bright and shiny appearance, you may want to keep them hidden behind a closed mouth. See how you may benefit from various teeth whitening methods, and learn what you can expect from your appointment with Cabrillo Family Dental Care.
Got Stained Teeth? Try These Natural Teeth Whitening Methods
Many patients prefer to use natural teeth whitening agents. These can be helpful in keeping your smile bright between teeth whitening procedures.
Coconut oil pulling
Oil pulling has become a trend for overall health reasons and its teeth whitening benefits. Coconut oil pulling is a great option for you if you’re looking to change up your overall health and make your teeth bright and white. Start with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Swish the oil around in your mouth for about 10 minutes, then spit it out. Finish by brushing your teeth as normal.
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
Brushing with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can help fight plaque. Hydrogen peroxide is a great agent for the elimination of bad bacteria growing in your mouth. Baking soda makes the texture a bit gritty, but it helps sand away any yellow tint in your teeth.
Another way to use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for teeth care is to look for a toothpaste containing both agents.
The essential oils inside lemons or other citrus peels are known for natural teeth whitening. Grab your peels and rub them against your teeth to help eliminate the discoloration. Avoid weak enamel due to the acidity of the peels by rinsing your mouth immediately after rubbing the peels on your teeth.
Brush your teeth after eating or drinking
Drinking too much coffee or eating foods that stain your teeth are just some reasons your teeth may not be the brightest. If you just can’t give up your daily cup of coffee, try to brush your teeth immediately after drinking or eating. This helps the staining agents of certain foods or drinks from discoloring your teeth.
Use a straw
This may seem silly, but using a straw to drink most liquids will greatly help in reducing staining from things like coffee and wine.
Opt for a Professional Teeth Whitening Procedure
Professional teeth whitening procedures are one of the most popular treatments under cosmetic dentistry to assist patients with discolored or stained teeth. Professional dental hygienists use safe teeth whitening products to bring their patients’ teeth from a dark white or yellow color to a more desired bright white shade.
Teeth can become stained from any of the following causes:
- Tobacco use
- Drinking dark drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine
- Improper oral hygiene routine
What Happens during your teeth whitening procedure
Preparing the teeth: There are many teeth whitening methods, but the majority of them follow a similar structure. Before your dental care professional can perform a teeth whitening procedure, they need to take care of any pre-existing dental problems like cavities. Certain conditions can actually reverse the results of a teeth whitening, or the teeth whitening can cause the teeth and gums to become more sensitive and painful.
Cleaning the teeth: After all dental problems have been treated, your dental hygienist will perform a professional teeth cleaning. This will remove any loose bacteria or food substances that build up on your teeth and contribute to staining.
Bleaching the teeth: Now, your cosmetic dentist can start the teeth whitening procedure. First, he or she will apply a cheek retractor to expose your front teeth and hold your mouth open. Then, they will apply a liquid rubber dam to the gum line, which protects it from the bleaching gel and prevents irritation.
Then, your dental care professional will apply the bleaching gel to the teeth and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. Many specialists remove the gel to check the results and then add a second round of gel to achieve results closer to the desired shade.
Often, cosmetic dentists shine intense light on the teeth to enhance the work of the teeth bleaching agents. Then, the bleaching gel is removed along with the cheek retractor. Dentists will rinse away the product and compare the patient’s teeth to a teeth shade chart to assess the teeth whitening before and after. If your dentist believes your teeth can be brought to an even lighter shade, he or she may recommend you come in for a follow-up bleaching at a later date.
Don’t like going to the dentist? Try our at home Opalescence Teeth Whitening solution.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening: Brighten Teeth at Home
Opalescence teeth whitening will allow you to get a professional teeth whitening without leaving your house. This easy-to-use process will make you wish you had tried it earlier. Opalescence will brighten your smile quickly so you can start smiling more.
Opalescence involves four easy steps:
- Load your teeth tray with whitening gel.
- Apply the tray to your teeth for 30 minutes or overnight.
- Brush your teeth after removing the teeth tray.
- Clean your teeth tray with a soft brush.
When you visit Cabrillo Family Dental Care to get your Opalescence kit, your dentist will create your customized teeth tray from an impression of your mouth. This is why Opalescence is so effective—it’s customized for your teeth and your teeth alone. You’ll use this teeth tray to do your daily whitening from home.
You even have the opportunity to choose the flavor you’d like for your whitening system. Opalescence teeth whitening is offered in three flavors: Regular, Mint, and Melon.
Cosmetic Dentistry at Cabrillo Family Dental Care
If you’re interested in finding more ways to brighten and improve your smile, explore our options for cosmetic dentistry. Smile wide and confidently just in time for a warm California spring!