Professional teeth whitening is often associated with celebrities and movie stars. But in fact, it is an extremely popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry and it is suitable for anyone. Therefore, we offer teeth whitening services to help our patients achieve brighter, whiter smiles.
Quick and noticeable results
Teeth whitening treatments are one of the most commonly requested procedures. It’s one of the simplest ways you can improve the look of your teeth. We believe our patients should have smiles that they love to show off. While we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services to makeover any smile, teeth whitening is the most popular because of the quick and noticeable results. It lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look and brighten your smile. Generally, tooth whitening (also called tooth bleaching) requires the use of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Oxygen in these molecules helps break down the stain molecules inside of your teeth, thereby reducing discoloration. For milder cases, professional dental cleaning, i.e. debridement and polishing can produce the desired results without the use of bleaching agents. That’s possible if the stains in question are surface stains and the discoloration is not internal.
Causes of teeth discoloration
There are two types of tooth discoloration – extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic discoloration is, put simply, one that occurs because of some external sources, some of which are listed below – smoking, coloured food and liquids or plaque. Mild cases of extrinsic discoloration can be resolved by brushing your teeth, as your toothbrush removes plaque and other residue. Then there is the intrinsic discoloration. This means the inner structure of the tooth has darkened in color. This can occur when your teeth are poorly maintained – dental caries is the most common example, but not the only one. Overall, stained or discolored teeth are very common among adults of all ages, and come from a variety of sources, such as:
- Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea (especially black tea) and red wine
- Using tobacco (tar found in tobacco products stains your teeth with yellowish-black smears)
- Some medications (antibiotic treatments such as tetracycline)
- Not taking good care of your teeth (irregular brushing, skipping regular dental checkups)
- Aging (makes teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker
- Dental trauma
Benefits of Teeth Whitening at Dr. George Harouni’s Dental Office
There are many over-the-counter products available at your local pharmacy that are designed to be used at home without the need for supervision by a dentist. However, these do-it-yourself products cannot provide the same level of whitening strength as the professional-grade treatments provided at Dr. George Harouni’s dental office. In fact, there is no long-term evidence of effectiveness of these products, and of the risks they could pose. What’s more, whitening toothpastes can cause dental abrasion, and over time actually darken your teeth. That’s why it’s very important to get in touch with the professionals who know what’s best for you. Our dental team is one of the most experienced and professional in the Las Vegas area and as such, we guarantee desired results.
Let Your Smile Stand Out
The key to a long-lasting, bright, white smile is to have your teeth whitened before discoloration becomes too severe. When you come to Dr. George Harouni’s dental office for teeth whitening services, you'll get personal advice, professional care, and the attention you deserve. Call today to set up an appointment and learn more about your teeth whitening options. Get that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted – today!
Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a safe, effective procedure, and does not typically include any negative side effects. Even if they do occur, these effects subside when the whitening process is stopped. Minor side effects may consist of increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold and gum sensitivity. If side effects occur, it’s usually in the early stages of the treatment. It is best not to consume foods that could stain your teeth just after the whitening process. Chewing gum can help maintain your new, gorgeous smile, along with proper dental hygiene, flossing in particular. By the way, did you know females tend to have whiter teeth than males? It is believed it’s because female teeth are smaller, and there is less yellow dentin that can be seen behind the enamel, which is white.
Treat yourself to a gorgeous smile
Whitening your teeth is a great way to take care of yourself, improve your self-esteem and become more confident. Remember, there is nothing like a smile to create a good first impression. A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose!