Teeth Whitening in Danville
The best whiteners for your teeth are peroxide gels developed specifically for teeth. They’re also the safest way to whiten teeth. Avoid baking soda and other abrasives that may cause sensitive teeth. Acids, like vinegars and store-bought hydrogen peroxide take many applications to whiten teeth and long-term use removes mineral from teeth and may increase cavities.
Teeth whitening is not bad for teeth because gels only penetrate the surface of the tooth for relatively short periods of time. If you experience discomfort you may have a cracked tooth or filling or receding gums. In those cases, tooth bonding or veneers may be necessary to cover sensitive teeth before whitening others.
Teeth whiteners work best on teeth that are yellow from coffee, tea and dark staining beverages. Gray and brown stains are from dehydration of the tooth as we age and hard to whiten completely. We recommend veneers for these teeth.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. In fact, you should avoid foods and drink with color while you are whitening and shortly after whitening. Your teeth need time to re-mineralize to prevent reabsorption of stains. We prescribe a mineral gel after whitening for longer lasting whitening. We also recommend a “white diet” while whitening in our care and maintenance instructions to assure you get the most out of your whitening. You can expect doing touch-up whitening two or three days every 4 to 6 months with a good care routine.
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