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Teeth Whitening Procedure

There is perhaps no cosmetic dental service more popular among average consumers than teeth whitening or bleaching.
 
This process has become increasingly common in recent years, driven mainly by a desire to have purely white teeth that look untouched by the likes of coffee, wine, and other substances that can stain teeth over time. Raleigh Teeth Whitening provides excellent services for teeth whitening in and around Wake County. A bright white smile is also perceived to be a key indicator of dental health by many people, helping them in both personal and professional pursuits. Before requesting a teeth whitening procedure, though, you need to know precisely what is involved in the process, how it works, and what the most common misconceptions about teeth whitening are. We’re looking forward to giving you the bright, healthy smile that you’ve always wanted.

How Are Teeth Whitened

​There are two types of teeth whitening treatments. The first is a home treatment, performed with products sold over the counter at most major supermarkets and chain stores. ​

These products use whitening strips and gels to reduce the yellowing of the teeth without a trip to the dentist. While undoubtedly convenient and affordable, their results are mixed and hard to predict and can also cause damage to your teeth and irritation to your mouth. They’re considered second to professional tooth whitening services that have much more success for a broader range of patients.​

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Teeth whitening services typically combine a hydrogen peroxide gel with an activation process that enhances the speed and effectiveness of the whitening process. Hydrogen peroxide itself is the key ingredient in both professional and at-home treatments, though it is often offered in stronger concentrations when done by a professional.
 
Before the whitening process begins, we will choose the appropriate whitening method and the correct level of hydrogen peroxide intensity for each patient’s teeth; this varies based on the amount of yellowing that has occurred, with each concentration of peroxide matched with a lighter or darker shade of teeth.

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Teeth whitening services typically combine a hydrogen peroxide gel with an activation process that enhances the speed and effectiveness of the whitening process. Hydrogen peroxide itself is the key ingredient in both professional and at-home treatments, though it is often offered in stronger concentrations when done by a professional.
 
Before the whitening process begins, we will choose the appropriate whitening method and the correct level of hydrogen peroxide intensity for each patient’s teeth; this varies based on the amount of yellowing that has occurred, with each concentration of peroxide matched with a lighter or darker shade of teeth.

Enemies of White Teeth

It’s no secret that one of the first things people notice about you is your smile. We all know how important our smiles are in communicating how we feel. An attractive smile not only makes you feel confident, but it allows us to translate that confidence to others as we face the world.

We know how much you value a healthy, beautiful smile. But we are also well aware of a common thief in the world of dental problems, one that robs you of the bright, lovely smile you deserve.

That thief is the stain, which is the enemy of white teeth. The discoloration that takes your mouth from sparkly white to brownish yellow. We’re quite familiar with and share your disdain for this cosmetic killjoy!

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Red Wine

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a glass of red wine with dinner after a long day. In fact, one glass of red wine a day has even been suggested by researchers as a heart-healthy behavior. Who would’ve thought?

The problem with too much of this sweet adult treat is that it can negatively impact your oral health. For one thing, alcohol dehydrates you and causes dry mouth. Without adequate saliva production, you lack the necessary fluid your mouth needs to wash away sugars and food particles left behind after a meal.

As far as the color of your teeth, you have to be careful with a dark beverage like red wine. The colored pigment can stick to your teeth and stain them over time. The acidity in red wine can also weaken your enamel, leaving you vulnerable to erosion, cavities, tooth decay, and other oral problems.

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If you enjoy a glass of red wine every night, you might be telling yourself, “Oh, I’m fine. I’ll just brush my teeth after I drink it.” While that seems like a logical way to prevent staining, it might have the opposite effect. The reason is that once you’ve sipped, your enamel may become weakened, so brushing right afterward could damage your teeth more. If you brush your teeth before you start sipping, you might have a better chance of preventing discoloration. It is, of course, the plaque on your teeth that causes the acids and darker pigments from alcohol stick to your teeth in the first place.

You don’t have to avoid red wine entirely, but remember that moderation is essential, and drink plenty of water along with it.

girl holding coffee mug and sipping coffee which can damage white teeth

Coffee

Just like most of the other stainers we mentioned, daily coffee drinking stains your teeth. In fact, coffee is a leader among the acidic, darkly pigmented enemies of your pearly whites. If teeth stains were a club, coffee would be the president.

It’s probably easier for us to tell patients to give up smoking than it is to give up their morning cup of joe. There’s something about our morning coffee that makes it easier to face the day. We wouldn’t be surprised if there were actual studies out there somewhere showing a correlation between coffee drinking and reduced crime rates.

The good news is that you don’t have to give up coffee. You can, however, opt out of sipping on it all throughout the day and just limit yourself to coffee in the morning, along with a glass of water. You can also help neutralize the effect of the acids by enjoying a healthy snack with your coffee to keep the saliva flowing!

Smoking

There is absolutely nothing good about this habit. It not only stains your teeth, but it can lead to different types of cancer, respiratory problems, premature wrinkles, and the list goes on. Moderation isn’t the answer with this one. The only solution to avoiding the staining effects, and the many other more dangerous effects for that matter, is to quit smoking altogether. Teeth whitening would be a temporary fix to reverse the discoloration caused by smoking. And you’d have to keep repeating the treatment as long as your habit continued.

Colored Soda

Brown carbonated beverages, like Coke and Pepsi, are the most significant perpetrators of surface staining. They also contribute a great deal to tooth decay and the breakdown of enamel, so it’s a good idea to avoid these drinks altogether for good, long-term dental health.

Dark Fruits and & Veggies

Before you get too excited, we should go ahead and tell you we’re not going to advise that you cut fruits and vegetables out of your diet. Sorry to disappoint! Eating foods that are nutrient-rich, packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is one the very best things you can do for your smile.

But there are, believe it or not, some culprits in the health food corner that can stain your teeth. Beets, tomatoes, blueberries, and blackberries, for example, contain acids and dark pigments as we mentioned earlier. They weaken and coat your enamel. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to keep your smile safe from their staining potential. Always remember to drink plenty of water anytime you decide to chomp on these healthy snacks!

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​Whether it’s to combat years of coffee drinking or the damaging effects of cigarette smoking and soda consumption, the teeth whitening process is a perfect solution for all types of patients. In the end, the result will be a healthier smile and a greater feeling of self-confidence, and no one can argue with those results. So give us a call today or fill out the form and you'll be on your way to a new beautiful smile!

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