By My Dentist
December 06, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
When it comes to your teeth, do they scream, “Look at me”? At My Dentist in San Bernardino, Dr. Sanjay Patel is available to work with you to create an appropriate cosmetic treatment plan that will best improve the appearance of your smile. Through in-office and take-home teeth whitening options in San Bernardino, Dr. Patel offers superior treatment options for you.
Factors Affecting the Color of Your Smile
Some people are born with teeth that are more yellow than others, while many people experience staining with age. Surface stains and internal stains can also affect your natural tooth color. Surface stains, otherwise known as extrinsic stains, are often caused by:
- Drinking coffee, tea or red wine
- Eating highly pigmented foods such as cherries and blueberries
- Accumulation of tartar deposits, resulting in the formation of hardened plaque
Internal stains, also known as intrinsic stains, can be caused by:
- Treatment with the antibiotic tetracycline during the time when teeth are forming
- Yellowing or graying of the teeth as part of the aging process
- Trauma to the teeth that may result in the death of the tooth’s nerve, giving the tooth a brown, gray or black color
- Ingesting too much fluoride when teeth are forming
No matter the reason for your tooth discoloration, there is a whitening treatment for your smile.
In-Office Teeth Whitening in San Bernardino
Professional in-office teeth whitening performed by Dr. Sanjay Patel is the most popular dental procedure in the world today. Unlike at-home whitening systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening takes place under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled, pain-free use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel. With this, you can see whitening results immediately.
Other advantages of in-office whitening include:
- No other teeth whitening procedure produces faster results
- The safest form of tooth bleaching
- Gum and tooth sensitivity are more controllable
Stains that are best removed with in-office whitening are stains caused by aging, discoloration caused by the consumption of certain foods and tobacco use. Over time, the teeth darken with a yellow, brown, green or grey cast.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits in San Bernardino
At My Dentist in San Bernardino, Dr. Patel offers multiple strength solutions for home whitening, as opposed to a “one size fits all” approach. Dentist-dispensed custom whitening trays, when used as directed, have been proven to be as successful as in-office bleaching when used over an extended period of time.
Although you can get over-the-counter whiteners without a dentist’s recommendation, if you over-use them or use them incorrectly, they can harm your tooth enamel and irritate your gum tissue. Supervision by Dr. Patel can prevent these problems. By visiting Dr. Patel in San Bernardino at My Dentist, he can provide you with custom at-home whitening trays for a successful whitening treatment.
Everyone responds differently to different whitening procedures. Some respond well to whitening toothpastes, while others with more serious discolorations may require porcelain veneers or bonding to achieve the smile they have always wanted. Dr. Sanjay Patel, a San Bernardino dentist, will work with you to determine an appropriate treatment plan for improving the appearance of your smile.