osmetic dentistry treatments range from simple, short procedures to multi-appointment options that are more invasive. When you just have normal staining on your teeth, professional whitening procedures are among the simpler and faster cosmetic dental options. Some patients think they can take on the whitening project on their own with inexpensive over-the-counter products. Your Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group would like to explain how teeth whitening works and why you might want to leave it to the pros.

Why Do Teeth Stain?

Have you ever really stopped to think about how tooth stains develop? Natural dulling and yellowing occur naturally over time. The problem is exacerbated when you regularly consume food and dark-colored beverages. Whitening toothpastes can slightly whiten teeth, but they are very abrasive and can actually damage your tooth enamel. Tooth whitening products general rely on chemicals such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. There are different products on the market such as strips and whitening trays. Laser light bleaching is available only through your dentist, as it requires professional knowledge to be implemented safely.

Professional Whitening Options

In-office whitening known as Zoom! is a fast and effective procedure. Your Riverside dentists start with a bleaching gel that is applied to your teeth. Next, a special laser light activates the whitening gel. Your teeth can end up as many as 10 shades whiter. However, some patients simply prefer to be in more control of their whitening. Don’t waste time and money on drugstore products that could damage your teeth or may not yield results. Stick with the at-home whitening trays and professional level bleaching gel that we can provide for you. The process will take about two weeks of daily whitening, for approximately 30 minutes a day. If your whitening starts to fade, you can perform your own touch-ups whenever you want.

Schedule a Whitening Appointment with Your Riverside Dentists

Before whitening your teeth, your mouth should be cleaned and free of cavities. Get the process started at our 92506 dentist office today. Call (951) 369-1001 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Riverside and surrounding areas.