It’s summertime, and the Northern California sunshine drives many people outside to swim, sunbathe, and enjoy watersports. Whether you prefer a UV-free artificial tan or an au-natural sunny glow, your bronzey skin stands out even more when your teeth are bright and white.
At Las Positas Family Dental in Livermore, California, dental experts Thi Hoang, DDS, and Theresa Hoang, DDS, want to help you feel more confident this summer by choosing from our selection of advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Teeth whitening is the number-one cosmetic dental treatment. It’s a simple process that offers stunning results. Whiter teeth complement a summer tan perfectly, and you can get stunning results from a quick procedure in our office. In fact, chairside whitening results can last a year or longer if you prioritize your oral hygiene.
You can rest assured the process is safe and effective when conducted by our experts at Las Positas Family Dental.
After thoroughly cleaning and polishing your teeth, our team dries your teeth with gauze. Then, we position a barrier around your gumline to protect the tissue from the bleaching solution.
Once your teeth are dry and the barrier is in place, we apply a dental bleaching product to the surfaces. Most whitening solutions contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
With chairside whitening, we activate the bleach with a curing light. The whitening solution stays on your teeth for a short time. Then, we rinse your teeth and apply fluoride to reduce sensitivity.
Chairside whitening is the quickest way to enjoy a whiter smile and can brighten your teeth by up to nine shades. We might recommend repeating the treatment depending on your goals and starting point.
While it’s the fastest way to get whiter teeth, chairside whitening isn’t the only option. There are plenty of over-the-counter products promising whiter teeth, including mouthwashes, toothpastes, and whitening strips. You might see a slight difference after using these products, but their bleaching components aren’t nearly as strong as professional whitening products.
Alternatively, we might recommend whitening take-home trays. Custom-fit for your teeth, you can use these trays on your own time over a few weeks.
If you’re getting summertime teeth whitening, you want your results to last as long as possible. The same foods, beverages, and products that stained your teeth in the first place can still stain and discolor them after your whitening process. Therefore, limit certain items that can make your teeth lose their luster. These include:
Furthermore, you shouldn’t neglect your preventive cleanings every six months at Las Positas Family Dental. Continue brushing your teeth twice a day every day at home and flossing to keep them bright.
Want to learn more about the types of teeth whitening you can get this summer at Las Positas Family Dental? Call our office or book an appointment online to enjoy stunning results right away.