To achieve a whiter smile, do you have to get expensive crowns or veneers? The answer is no! At Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC, Dr. Geetha Sripathi offers quick and easy teeth whitening processes which dramatically improve tooth color by many shades. And, because your procedure is professionally supervised, you know your teeth and gums will feel just fine afterwards. Learn more here about this popular cosmetic dental treatment.
How teeth become stained
Why does a material as hard as tooth enamel acquire discolorations? Frankly, while tooth enamel is highly calcified, it's also porous because it consists of a network of fibers. Organic matter from smoking, food, and beverages stick in this network and change tooth color over time. Age, with its thinning tooth enamel, certain prescription medications, oral injury, poor brushing and flossing, and even heredity all contribute to tooth color.
Overall, patients should have realistic expectations regarding smile brightness. Plus, as the Journal of Dentistry reports, even dentists vary in what they believe to be optimal tooth color in relation to a person's age, gender, skin tone, and overall facial appearance.
What is teeth whitening?
It's a great way to a brighter, more youthful-looking smile. Dear Doctor magazine reports that whitening with your Morrisville dentist improves tooth color, and the shade will remain brighter for up to two years or even longer with consistent oral hygiene and dietary habits.
Dr. Sripathi offers both in-office and at-home versions. Both use powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to lift staining organic matter from tooth enamel and dentin, the second, more sensitive and yellow, tooth layer.
Superior to over-the-counter products which can be ineffective and often cause gum and dental sensitivity, professional whitening is completely safe. The at-home version uses customized acrylic trays to deliver the gel to tooth surfaces on a daily basis. Generally, it takes a week to complete the process.
With the in-office version, Dr. Sripathi applies the gel and allows it to penetrate. Then, it's rinsed off, leaving teeth up to eight shades whiter in just about one hour.
Will it work for you?
Dr. Sripathi can help you determine that with a cosmetic dentistry consultation at her office in Morrisville. She'll make sure your gums and teeth are healthy enough for whitening and help you determine if whitening would be your best aesthetic treatment.
Dr. Sripathi and her dedicated team at Elite Smiles enjoy helping people look and feel their very best. Call today for your personal consultation in Morrisville, NC: (919) 388-0137.