When you smile, do you take care to hide your teeth? Many people who have discolored or stained teeth are prone to this habit, as they don't want to show off a flawed smile. But with teeth whitening from your Saint Louis, MO dentists, Drs. Joseph and Nina Zeigler, a bright and beautiful smile can be yours! Learn how whitening erases years of staining, leaving a luminous smile in its place!
How do teeth become stained?
Although teeth look and feel smooth, they're covered in microscopic grooves and pits, much like how your skin has pores. Over time, these tiny crevices can trap food particles that can collectively make the teeth appear yellow, brown or just dull-looking. Coffee, tea, curry, and tobacco products are usually the most notorious culprits. Because these little furrows and the particles within them are so tiny, regular brushing can't clear them away.
How does teeth whitening work?
Your Saint Louis dentist will start your process to whiter teeth by applying a peroxide based gel on the surface of the teeth that show when you smile. When the peroxide interacts with the natural chemicals on your teeth, it begins to produce oxygenated bubbles, which are small enough to penetrate the grooves in your enamel and break up the stain-causing particles into even smaller pieces, which allows them to be rinsed away after your whitening procedure is complete. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour and the results can last well over a year.
Can't I whiten my teeth at home?
While there are many over-the-counter whitening treatments available for purchase, they aren't as concentrated as the professional-grade products used by your Saint Louis dentist. Although the store-bought whitening products will eventually whiten your teeth, it will take much longer than the one short appointment with us, and the results won't last nearly as long before you'll need to buy more.
If you'd like to enhance your teeth with teeth whitening, the world's most popular cosmetic dental procedure, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Zeigler or Dr. Nina Zeigler in St. Louis, MO today!