Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the appearance of your smile, and when it’s done under the supervision of a professional, it’s safe and effective. Jeffrey C. Barrera, DDS, a highly skilled cosmetic dentist, provides teeth whitening at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Call the office or book a visit online to learn more.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure performed to brighten the shade or color of your teeth. It’s a popular cosmetic treatment because it provides a noninvasive way to significantly improve the appearance of your smile.
There are many reasons why your teeth might have lost their whiteness. In most cases, it’s a combination of poor oral hygiene and consuming too many stain-causing substances, like:
Medications can also affect your tooth color. Certain antibiotics, in particular, can stain your teeth if you’re exposed to them before the age of eight.
Your teeth also naturally lose their color as you get older. The hard outer layer of your teeth (enamel) eventually starts to wear down, exposing more of your tooth’s inner layer (dentin), which turns yellow over time.
Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry offers Philips Zoom!® whitening, a state-of-the-art chairside whitening system that can brighten your teeth by up to eight shades in less than an hour.
First, a shade guide is used to decide exactly what shade of white you want your teeth to be. Then, Dr. Barrera cleans and polishes your teeth. He uses a special cream to protect your lips and a special tool to shield your lips and tongue. Finally, he applies a protective solution to your gums and has you wear protective eyewear.
With your face and oral tissues protected, Dr. Barrera carefully applies a whitening solution to the surfaces of your teeth. Once the whitening solution is on, he shines a special laser light that activates the bleaching solution and helps it penetrate your enamel.
Dr. Barrera lets the whitening solution work in increments, shutting off the light and wiping off the solution every 15 minutes to ensure that your teeth reach the precise shade of white you decided on. The entire process takes less than an hour, after which you leave the office with a noticeably whiter and brighter smile.
Call Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry today or book an appointment online to get started on your teeth whitening treatment.