Are you “dreaming of a white Christmas”? Bing Crosby was describing his desire for a snowy holiday in the classic Christmas song, but he could have been singing about wanting the dazzling white smile of his dreams. The holidays are always filled with festive parties and family photos, so now is the perfect time of year to brighten your smile. Here is everything you need to know about why teeth stain and how to transform your smile in time for the holidays with teeth whitening in Flagstaff.
Why Do Teeth Stain?
Most people’s smiles naturally grow darker with age as the outer layer of enamel wears away and reveals the natural yellow layer of dentin underneath. However, teeth can also stain due to lifestyle choices and behaviors, such as:
- Eating certain foods such as blueberries, beets, or tomato-based red sauces
- Drinking black coffee, black tea or red wine
- Smoking or chewing tobacco.
- Poor dental hygiene
- Certain medications, such drugs for high blood pressure
Professional Teeth Whitening with Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry in Flagstaff can turn your smile several shades whiter in one easy and quick visit. First, a dental professional will clean your teeth to prepare them for the whitening procedure. Next, they will apply a whitening gel directly onto your teeth. Finally, a tiny laser is used to activate the whitening gel and brighten your smile. In only 45 minutes to one hour, you can have the dazzling white smile of your dreams! Professional teeth whitening with laser dentistry is recommended in particular for patients who have experienced tooth sensitivity with whitening treatments in the past.
Brighten Your Smile on Your Own Schedule
For those who prefer to gradually whiten their teeth, take-home teeth whitening produces the same dramatic results as in-office whitening treatment. Take-home teeth whitening utilizes custom-made trays designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. The trays must be filled with a special whitening gel and worn at home as directed by your dentist – typically around 30 minutes per day for one or two weeks.
Are There Side Effects to Teeth Whitening?
As mentioned above, some patients do experience tooth sensitivity immediately following professional teeth whitening treatment. In particular, consuming hot or cold foods and drinks during the first 24 to 48 hours after treatment may cause some discomfort. However, this side effect is temporary, mild and can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
It is easier to get into the festive holiday spirit when you feel confident about your smile. Talk to a dentist in Flagstaff today about which professional teeth whitening option it the best fit for you.
About the Author
Voted the “Best Cosmetic Dentist in Flagstaff” in 2016 by Flagstaff Business News, Dr. John L. Bacon has been helping patients achieve the smile of the dreams for over 25 years. From porcelain veneers to professional teeth whitening, he and the expert team at Flagstaff Downtown Dental can transform any smile. If you are considering giving yourself the gift of a brighter smile this holiday season, visit the Flagstaff Downtown Dental website or call Dr. Bacon at the office at 928-774-1168.