When asked what they would change about their smile, most Americans place whiter teeth at the top of their list, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports. At DFW Absolute Dental in Allen, Texas, Maria Shahdad, DDS, offers the Pola Light advanced teeth-whitening system to dramatically enhance the shade of your teeth. This state-of-the-art whitening system can brighten your smile in as little as one visit. Call DFW Absolute Dental or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the shade of your teeth. All whitening devices contain a hydrogen or carbamide peroxide solution, but professional products have a higher concentration that produces more dramatic results than over-the-counter (OTC) alternatives.
There are two types of stains that whitening products treat: extrinsic and intrinsic. While extrinsic stains sit on the outside of your hard tooth enamel, intrinsic stains penetrate deeper.
Some OTC products are effective at removing extrinsic stains, but only professional solutions can break up deeper stains.
The peroxide contained in whitening products reacts with stain molecules to break them apart. Since teeth are porous, professional whitening solutions can penetrate beneath the enamel to reach the darker dentin underneath. The peroxide then lifts and dissipates the stain molecules to pull them away from your teeth, leaving behind a beautiful white smile.
While many adults can benefit from teeth whitening, certain dietary, environmental, and lifestyle factors can raise your risk of unwanted stains, including:
Individuals with thick tooth enamel tend to have whiter smiles than those with thinner coatings. As you age, your enamel naturally starts to thin due to diet, lifestyle, and tooth erosion.
At DFW Absolute Dental, Dr. Shahdad uses the Pola Light advanced teeth-whitening system to lighten your teeth. She uses special barriers to protect your gums and lips before applying a high-powered whitening gel.
An LED light helps activate the solution to lift unwanted stains. Dr. Shahdad performs this process about four times until you reach your desired tooth shade.
Along with maintaining a healthy diet and limiting your intake of tooth-staining foods and beverages, Dr. Shahdad recommends visiting DFW Absolute Dental at least once every six months for preventive care and touch-up treatments.
To learn more about teeth whitening, call DFW Absolute Dental or schedule an appointment online today.