Professional Teeth WhiteningHaving white teeth is the number one aesthetic concern of most dental patients today. Tooth whitening is both a safe and effective way to achieve a beautiful, white smile. You can have a smile that sparkles by getting your teeth whitened at Dr. Fixari's dental office in Columbus, OH.
Why Do I Need Tooth Whitening?Over time, things like food, drinks, and cigarette smoke can form layers of film on top of the natural layer of enamel on your teeth. As more and more layers collect, they eventually mix with your enamel. Enamel is porous so it absorbs stains from whatever you put into your mouth. These stains are usually harmless, but most people do not find them attractive and therefore will choose options like tooth whitening.
What Causes Tooth Staining?
- The natural color of your teeth
- The thinness and translucency of your teeth
- Your eating and drinking habits
- Various chemicals and medications
- Teeth grinding
- Trauma and injuries
How are Teeth Whitened?The tooth whitening process requires two visits to Dr. Fixari’s dental office. During your first visit, Dr. Fixari will make molds, or impressions, of your teeth in order to custom-make your whitening trays. On your second visit, Dr. Fixari will check the trays to ensure a proper fit and to make sure that your gums will be protected during the whole procedure. You will apply a highly concentrated solution of peroxide gel to your teeth either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a several weeks, depending on the degree of staining on your teeth and the level of whiteness you desire.
Does Tooth Whitening Work?
Almost everyone who undergoes professional tooth whitening will see results and improvements in the brightness and whiteness of their teeth. The results will vary from person to person, and can be increased or decreased by your own eating, drinking, and oral hygiene habits.