If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, teeth whitening may be right for you. From fast-acting to bleaching to gentle options, Dr. Thomas can whiten your teeth with the latest treatment options.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
There are two different places that cause discoloration: extrinsic and intrinsic stains. The best way to remove surface stains, or extrinsic stains, is to use a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. These simple treatments make your teeth white because they wipe away the pellicle film that covers the outer layer of your tooth. Additionally, drinking from a straw, sipping water, and brushing your teeth after a starchy or sugary meal can remove some of the bacteria that could stain your teeth. Think of this as scrubbing away food stains on a pan with a rough sponge.
However, some stains are hard to get. These stains, called intrinsic stains live in the small cracks between your tooth’s outer layer, the enamel, and the inner layer, the dentin. To remove these stains, you need a professional whitening treatment. Dr. Thomas offers either at-home or in-office whitening treatments. You or Dr. Thomas will use a whitening agent that will be placed into a custom fit tray. The whitening agent reacts with the stains in the cracks of the teeth to replace carbon molecules with oxygen molecules, ultimately resulting in a whiter, brighter smile.
Bleaching vs. Non-Bleaching
Dr. Thomas offers a number of bleaching and non-bleaching options to brighten your smile. If your stains are simply from a stain that has formed over your tooth’s outer layer, he may recommend a non-bleaching option like a whitening toothpaste or an in-office cleaning. The hygienists at Jay Thomas, D.D.S. use special tools to scrape away stains and polish your teeth to make them whiter.
Although, if you have deep stains, Dr. Thomas may recommend a bleaching option. This type of teeth whitening can brighten your smile from five to seven shades. There are three main bleaching options: in-office light whitening, take-home tray whitening, and over-the-counter bleaching. An in-office light whitening session can dramatically lighten your teeth and can last for about a year with normal eating and drinking habits. Dr. Thomas and his team will make you a custom at-home tray along with a whitening gel to whiten your teeth. The last option is an over-the-counter tray. This is not custom fit or dentist-supervised, so you may not receive the even, white smile you want.
Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
The simple answer is, no. However, if you have sensitive teeth or gums, Dr. Thomas can make the whitening more comfortable for you so you can achieve your dream smile without pain. In the office, Dr. Thomas can reduce the strength of the bleach, increase wait periods between light treatments, or desensitize your teeth before the treatment. If you have sensitive teeth or if you are concerned about your whitening visit, call Dr. Thomas and his team in Granbury, Texas. Dr. Thomas’s one priority is always your comfort!
You deserve the smile of your dreams!
Whether you are getting married, graduating, or just want a beautiful smile, now is the best time to whiten your smile with Dr. Thomas and his team in Granbury, Texas. For more information or to plan your next visit, call our office at (817)-579-0095, today!