If you have a special occasion coming up and want to look your best, or you just want a simple way to refresh your look, a teeth whitening treatment at Mountain West Dental may be the solution for you. We are proud to offer this treatment at our dental office in Gillette, WY to help refresh and brighten the smiles of our patients and produce beautiful results.
Teeth get stained from a number of factors. Our everyday diet plays a big part in how bright our smile is. Teeth-staining substances like wine and coffee can cause the teeth to take on a yellow or stained appearance. Personal habits like smoking can also cause serious staining on the teeth. For some people, natural aging can also be a big factor. As the enamel wears away (which it does at a different rate for different patients), the underlying yellow dentin layer becomes more visible.
Teeth whitening treatments utilize an active ingredient that bleaches the stains. Over-the-counter products like toothpaste or strips are only strong enough to affect surface stains. Professional whitening treatments, on the other hand, utilize a stronger concentration of an active ingredient, allowing the whitening solution to penetrate the enamel and break up the stains below the surface. This makes the staining or yellowing less visible yet makes the natural whiteness of the teeth become more visible.
A teeth whitening treatment with a dentist in Gillette, WY is fairly quick, taking only about an hour. Before the whitening product is applied, your dentist at Mountain West Dental will clean the teeth. A special gel will then be applied to the gums to keep them protected during the procedure. The whitening solution will be painted onto the teeth and activated with a special light. Your dentist may repeat this process until he or she has achieved the shade that you selected at the beginning of the appointment.
While you can whiten your teeth with over-the-counter treatments at home, you’ll probably find a professional treatment at Mountain West Dental more preferable. Not only is it safer for your gums, resulting in less tooth sensitivity, but it also produces a more dramatic result in a shorter period of time.