Everyone wants a beautiful smile that they feel comfortable showing off in photographs and public settings. Small blemishes can get in the way of you feeling your best about your own smile. One of the most common smile imperfections is teeth staining. That’s because teeth staining is actually a totally natural phenomenon that happens to nearly everyone over time. To counteract teeth staining, you may have tried teeth whitening treatment before. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products don’t always live up to the hype, though. Has your teeth whitening experience worked for you? If not, it’s time to try a professional option.
Teeth Whitening Bleaches Stains from Your Enamel
Teeth whitening is a relatively straightforward treatment. The entire goal of teeth whitening is to remove built up pigment that is causing staining in your enamel. While your enamel is very hard and durable, it’s also porous. That means that tiny molecules, like pigment molecules from the food and drinks you consume, can pass through your enamel and become trapped beneath it. Over time, as more pigment builds up, it results in staining. Teeth whitening treatment uses a bleaching agent to remove that pigment and restore the bright, white appearance of your teeth.
Your Dentist Can Provide Teeth Whitening Treatment
What causes different teeth whitening treatments to succeed or fail, then? The biggest factor is the quality of the bleaching agent that you use. Over-the-counter treatments are weaker, which causes them to be less effective. While whitening strips may work for some, many patients end up feeling dissatisfied with the results. Your dentist has access to stronger bleaching agents via in-office treatment or take-home whitening kits. Plus, when you work with your dentist, you’ll have a professional guiding you through treatment.
Whitening Gels Remove Pigment Particles
When you schedule teeth whitening with your dentist, you’ll receive custom care based on your individual case. If you select a take-home whitening kit, your dentist will give you custom-fitted trays with a bleaching gel that you can apply and wear nightly for a couple of hours. In-office treatment works a little differently. Your dentist will apply the whitening gel to your teeth and then activate it with a special light to start the whitening process right away. Using this method, you can typically enjoy a brighter smile on the same day!
Teeth Whitening Through MMC Dental
Teeth whitening can breathe new life into your teeth and restore your confidence in your smile. At MMC Dental, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening options, so you can choose a method that suits your needs. To learn about teeth whitening options, schedule a consultation with MMC Dental in Houston, TX by contacting our office at 713-926-8896.