At Laser Dental Bakersfield, we understand the frustration and embarrassment that can occur when your teeth are stained or discolored. We are proud to offer our patients a variety of teeth whitening options that can help improve your smile and your self-confidence as a result.
Reasons Teeth Lose Their Whiteness
Normal eating and lifestyle habits can cause teeth to lose their pearly white color. Even with proper oral hygiene habits, teeth become stained, discolored, or dull. For example, some patients are just subject to dull or stained teeth due to their genetics. Other patients have discolored teeth because of their lifestyle choices, such as smoking, chewing tobacco, or consuming dark-colored food and drink. Some medications, such as antibiotics can also cause discoloring, and finally, the aging process can cause a gradual discoloration of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Options
We offer a couple of teeth whitening options to help our patients have the bright, white smile that they desire. The options include a take-home whitening kit as well as a non-invasive, in-office procedure.
Our take-home whitening kits are not the same type of kit you would buy at your local drugstore. Instead, these kits are custom-made for your teeth. Our dentists will first take impressions of your mouth, which we send to the lab to have custom trays made for your mouth. These trays are what hold the teeth whitening gel, which sits on your teeth, working its magic. Using the trays helps ensure that the teeth whitening gel gets where it needs to go, but avoids affecting your gums and other soft tissues that might otherwise get irritated.
Our in-office procedure is quick and painless. Our dentists apply a whitening agent to your teeth first and then use a special light to create the chemical reaction that bleaches your teeth, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile. We have a couple of options for the teeth whitening procedure, including ZOOM! And Opalescence Xtra Boost. Both options provide great results but work in different situations. Our dentists will evaluate the condition of your teeth to determine the right choice.
Evaluating Your Situation
Before we perform teeth whitening, we will thoroughly evaluate your oral health. If you have gum disease, excessive decay, or defective fillings, we may need to administer other dental procedures first before whitening your teeth. Getting your oral health in optimal condition first will give you the best outcome when whitening your teeth.
Keep in mind that each patient’s outcome will differ, depending on the reason for the discoloration. While we cannot change your genetics, age, or diet, we can whiten your teeth to the best of our ability. Keeping up with the treatments periodically will give you the best outcome for a longer period.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening or would like to know if you are a good candidate for it, call Laser Dental Bakersfield at (661) 241-9144. We will evaluate your smile, discuss your lifestyle habits, and go over your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for at-home or in-office teeth whitening.