Our teeth are porous. This means they are made up of small holes, and—similar to sponges—they will absorb the color of whatever you eat or drink. There are certain substances that are exceptionally staining, which can lead to darkened, discolored teeth.
Staining beverages like coffee or wine will darken teeth. Likewise dark berries are staining. Smoking is another habit that will eventually stain teeth as well. Luckily, there are treatment methods that can help.
If you’re ready to whiten your smile, Corte Madera Dentist is ready to help with our in-office procedure or at-home whitening kits.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
The little holes in your teeth that allow them to absorb the staining effects of certain foods and liquids also allow for a whitening agent to penetrate past the enamel. Once the agent gets through the surface, it begins working on the discolored molecules in your teeth.
A reaction takes place: the oxygen molecules from the whitening agent react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold the discolored molecules together.
As a result, the patient is left with fewer discolored molecules in their teeth and an overall whiter, brighter smile.
At Corte Madera Dentist, you can get a bright smile with Zoom. Zoom whitening treatment is approved by dentists everywhere to be a safe, reliable method for whitening teeth.
Zoom uses a light-activated whitening gel designed to gently penetrate the teeth to remove discoloration and staining. The actual in-office whitening treatment will take around one hour, and you should see immediate results.
If you don’t have the time to schedule an hour long appointment for teeth whitening in-office, you can pick up one of our take-home whitening kits. Perfect for a busy patient on-the-go or someone who would prefer to handle their own teeth whitening treatments, our take-home kits make it easy to find the time during your busy day to whiten your teeth.
Results with take-home kits usually happen a bit more gradually, but the results are still excellent!