It’s hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling, white smile. Yet our teeth rarely stay as white as we’d like them to without a little help. Fortunately, your Oxnard cosmetic dentists at Vista Pacific Dental Care can help you through a variety of teeth whitening options.
Teeth whitening at Vista Pacific Dental Care is a safe and an effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the teeth whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic: in-office teeth whitening, for example, can lighten teeth three to eight shades in a single hour.
Professionally supervised teeth whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better, than over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Having an oral exam before you begin any whitening process is an important first step, as we want to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. We also want you to be aware that it can be risky to have teeth whitening solutions applied to your teeth by an untrained dental professional; we advise doing your research before you select your cosmetic dentist in Oxnard, CA.
Professional Teeth Whitening Methods
Professional teeth whitening makes use of high-concentration bleaching gels that are not available over the counter.
- In-Office Teeth Whitening — This technique offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, we will cover your gums and tooth-root surfaces with a protective barrier to ensure your safety. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as we apply a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel, which we will leave on for about an hour. When we remove the gel, the results will be obvious immediately.
- Take-Home Teeth Whitening — This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, we will take a mold of your teeth and then have two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.
Caring for Your Whitened Smile
There are lots of things you can do to make sure your teeth whitening results last as long as possible, and this will vary from person to person (six months to two years or even longer). First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional dental cleanings here at Vista Pacific Dental Care. Avoid foods and beverages that stain, including red wine, tea and coffee. If you smoke, use your newly whitened teeth as a reason to quit — a good idea in any event! A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or here at the dental office, can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.