Whitening your teeth has never been easier, with a variety of options for any budget. At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, we are happy to offer teeth whitening as part of our cosmetic dentistry services. Learn more about the process of teeth whitening and how Dr. Shaina DiMariano can help improve your smile.
Why is teeth whitening so popular?
Teeth whitening is by far the most popular cosmetic dental treatment. This can be attributed to a few things such as: convenience, cost and results. Whitening your teeth, whether it's at home or in your Folsom cosmetic dentist's office, is an easy, painless process. There's no downtime and no lengthy procedure involved. This helps keep the cost down, making teeth whitening an affordable way to improve the appearance of your teeth. And when it comes to in-office whitening, the results are immediate; a 30 to 60-minute appointment is all it takes to have a brighter smile for several months.
How does teeth whitening work?
Although the surface of your teeth looks smooth, it's actually very porous. Each of these tiny pits and grooves provides a trap for staining agents in food, drinks and tobacco products. Over time, the particles that collect in the pores can change the color of your teeth to yellow, brown or gray. Whitening works through the use of peroxide-based chemicals that oxygenate the pores and break down the discolored particles, returning the teeth to their naturally white color.
Can I whiten my teeth at home?
There are many whitening products available over-the-counter at retail stores and pharmacies. While these products typically contain the same type of whitening agents as those used at your Folsom cosmetic dentist's office, they are less potent and therefore less effective. While at-home teeth whitening takes several weeks before results are seen, most patients who have an in-office cosmetic whitening treatment at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics leave their appointment with their teeth four to six shades whiter than before.
If you'd like more information about teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic dental procedure, contact the dental office of Dr. Shaina DiMariano in Folsom, CA. We'd be happy to help you!