If you want a brighter smile, don’t settle for simple store-bought solutions. Instead, talk to your North Hollywood, CA, cosmetic dentist. We understand the causes of teeth stains and have professional solutions to discoloration. In today’s blog, we’re discussing the difference between our at-home and in-office teeth whitening options.
Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Teeth Stains
First, let’s look at the two different types of teeth stain. The first is the most common: extrinsic. These form on the surface of the teeth, often the result of the foods and drinks we consume, poor oral hygiene, or smoking. The second is intrinsic, which form beneath the tooth enamel. They may be caused by exposure to tetracycline at a young age, injury to the teeth, or fluorosis. These are more difficult to remove. In fact, severe intrinsic stains may need to be masked by porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or a combination of these two cosmetic treatment options.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our in-office procedure address extrinsic stains and actually offers a brighter smile in one sitting. After we place a protective covering on the lips and gums, we apply the powerful bleaching gel to the teeth. A curing light then activates the gel which begins to break up the discoloration. In one to two hours, you could obtain a significantly brighter smile. A perfect choice for those in need of a brighter smile quickly before a big event or meeting. To learn more about one visit whitening, contact our office today.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
With our home-based solution, we address extrinsic stains and minor intrinsic discoloration. Our at-home option also helps those prone to tooth sensitivity. Patients visit the office so we can create a custom-made set of trays and prescribe a powerful bleaching gel. At home, patients then fill the trays with gel and wear them for a set amount of time each day, usually between 30 and 45 minutes. Optimal results may take between a week and ten days, but people could enjoy a smile brightened by multiple shades. The leftover gel and trays could be used to offer touch-ups down the toad.
Remember, over-the-counter options rarely offer the same dramatic results, and the results they do offer don’t last long. For professional teeth whitening, talk to our team today. We want to help you enjoy a brighter smile this year, one you’ll be proud to show off to the world.
Do You Want a Brighter Smile?
We’re eager to help you obtain a stunning smile free of discoloration. For more information on our teeth whitening procedures, or any of our cosmetic treatments, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.