Teeth Whitening FAQ

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What causes teeth to change color?
There are a number of reasons why your teeth may become discolored or stained over time. Some of the most common reasons for teeth staining include:

– Age
– Bright or dark food and beverages
– Trauma
– Smoking and chewing tobacco
– Certain medicines

How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening products contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The whitening product breaks up stains on the teeth, so the stain appears less concentrated and the teeth appear brighter and whiter.

Will whitening work on all teeth?
Sadly, teeth whitening will not work on all teeth. Because of this, it is important that you consult with Dr. Calvin L. Garland before choosing to whiten your teeth. Teeth with a yellow tint usually bleach well, but brownish teeth often don’t bleach well, and grayish teeth may not be affected by the whitening product at all. Teeth whitening will also have no effect on dental restorations like veneers, dental crowns, and dental bridges.

What are my whitening options at RiverLake Family Dental?
If you are a candidate for teeth whitening, there are two professional bleaching options that our dentist can provide. In-office bleaching can usually be done in just one visit to our office. A protective gel or a rubber shield will be applied to your gums. The bleaching product is then applied directly to the teeth. If you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home, at-home whitening may be for you. Our dentist can provide you with a custom-made whitening tray, which you should wear as instructed with the bleaching product.

We invite you to contact our office at 916-422-1823 today to learn more about teeth whitening in Sacramento, California, and to schedule a visit.