What You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

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Have noticed your smile is not as radiant as it once was? Teeth whitening may be the answer. If you’re thinking twice about your daily coffee habit, you’re right to suspect that food, drinks, and smoking can affect and change the color of our teeth. If you would like to enhance your smile, Rentshler and Rhee offers professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services that can transform your smile in as little as one visit.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth naturally turn darker over time. These color changes are natural, but are often accelerated by consuming food and beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda. Other factors for discoloration include medications, certain illnesses/conditions, trauma to the tooth or surrounding area, smoking and tobacco use, or improper oral hygiene. Dr. Rentshler, Dr. Rhee, and their team have over 30 years of combined medical experience and can propvide a variety of options to restore damaged teeth, whiten your teeth, brighten your smile.

Teeth whitening is the process of improving the appearance of your teeth by removing surface stains. During a teeth whitening session, a special whitening solution breaks down stains into smaller pieces, which lightens the appearance and improves the overall appearance of your teeth.

Corrective treatment can return you teeth to match the natural color of surrounding teeth. However, cosmetic treatment can improve the apearance beyond their natural color.

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment, and for god reason. Most people agree that a bold, bright, beautiful smile is their best asset when making a first impression.

Different Teeth Whitening Treatments

All whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide chemicals that help lighten & improve the appearance of discolored or stained teeth. There are various forms of treatment options like in-office whitening, prescribed at-home bleaching procedures, and do-it-yourself bleaching kits. From all these options it might be difficult to decide which treatment option is best for you, so here are some things to keep in mind. 

Do-It-Yourself whitening treatments

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) whitening treatments do not require a prescription from your dentist or local pharmacy. There are different over the counter whitening products available in supermarkets, drug stores, and on the internet at different price ranges. These products include but are not limited to rinses, paint-on brushes, chewing gums, and whitening strips. Although DIY whitening treatments help remove superficial stains and can be done at home, many people experience mixed results because of user error, confusing instructions, and incorrect solution concentration. Patients who have used DIY whitening methods in the past have experienced often mention having:

  • white spots

  • uneven whitening

  • increased sensitivity in their teeth

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

While mass-produced, at-home kits might be a cheaper option, consider that professional teeth whitening is a safer and more effective investment. Professional teeth whitening at Rentshler and Rhee in Corona, CA creates more effective results in a shorter amount of time. Our doctors and trained teeth whitening specialist will create a treatment tailored to your sensitivity level without exposing you to the highly-acidic over-the-counter options.

Professional treatment also means stronger whitening solutions, skilled positioning & application, and a safe & comfortable office for treatment.

What to expect?

Step 1: Rentshler and Rhee offers personalized and safe teeth whitening treatments that are tailored to your cosmetic goals. To prepare your teeth for whitening, your teeth will first need to be cleaned to remove any excess plaque and tartar. This allows for an even application of the whitening agent. Once your teeth are cleaned, a protective film will be applied around your gums to prevent irritation from the whitening solution.

Step 2: A whitening solution is then applied to the surface of your teeth. Once in place, the whitener will need to remain on your teeth for about 30-60 minutes. Depending on the shade that you selected, a special activator light may be used to improve the results. The whitener will then be rinsed from the teeth after the treatment is complete. 

Step 3: Your new smile is ready. It is normal to experience some sensitivity or tingling sensation for a few minutes after the procedure, but most people do not experience any post-treatment discomfort. With no downtime or recovery time, you will be ready to go with no restrictions.

Consulting with a dental professional is the best way to obtain the healthiest smile without hurting or damaging your teeth. The misuse of DIY whitening products can cause irreversible damage. Professionally prescribed bleaching agents and treatment is safer than other bleaching products that have damaging effects on your teeth. Remember, even if you use a teeth whitening product at home, good oral hygiene is the best way to keep your teeth strong and healthy.