Teeth whitening is used to remove surface stains and brighten teeth. Safe, affordable, and effective, teeth whitening is a fantastic way to treat yellowed teeth, teeth stained by tobacco use, or tooth stains from the excessive consumption of dark beverages like coffee, tea, or wine.
If you have stained teeth, a smile makeover from Dr. Max Meinerz of Honest Teeth may be just what you need. Learn more about our Elm Grove teeth whitening services now.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Because there is such a huge variety of teeth whitening products available – toothpaste, mouthwash, strips, gels, and trays – it may be difficult to understand how teeth whitening works. But, all of these products operate on the same basic principles.
Almost every teeth whitening product uses a peroxide, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, as the active ingredient. Peroxides contain oxygen molecules which react with tooth discoloration on contact.
Peroxides attach to discolored molecules and break the chemical “bonds” that hold them in place. By doing so, they remove the surface stains from tooth enamel, effectively “bleaching” the tooth!
What Teeth Whitening Can Treat
Teeth whitening can treat most kinds of tooth discoloration, such as:
- Yellowing caused by age
- Teeth discolored from tobacco use
- Teeth stained by coffee, tea, wine, berries, and other tannin-filled foods/beverages
- Stains and discoloration caused by neglecting oral care
Teeth whitening can only treat external (extrinsic) stains. Teeth with interior (intrinsic) staining cannot be treated with teeth whitening.
Contact Dr. Max Meinerz to explore other cosmetic dentistry options for intrinsic tooth stains.
In-Office Vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening
You can have your teeth whitened at Honest Teeth either in-office or in the comfort of your own home. Both methods of treatment are equally effective, though in-office whitening delivers faster results.
In-office whitening begins with a thorough teeth cleaning. A dental hygienist will remove plaque and bacteria to ensure that your teeth are ready for the procedure.
Then, your gums will be coated with a protective solution to prevent discomfort from the bleaching agents. After that, Dr. Meinerz will apply the whitening agent to the teeth, and use a specialized lamp to “activate” the ingredients.
That’s it! Depending on your level of discoloration, you may only need a single whitening appointment.
At-home whitening is a good choice if you’d prefer to whiten your teeth on your own time in a comfortable location. Dr. Meinerz will create custom-molded plastic trays that fit your teeth perfectly, and fill them with professional-grade bleaching gels.
Then, simply follow Dr. Meinerz’s treatment recommendations, and whiten your teeth when you’re ready. Within a few weeks, surface stains will be gone, and you will have a brighter, whiter smile!
Come To Honest Teeth For Affordable Dental Care In Elm Grove!
Honest Teeth is the best choice for cosmetic dentistry in Elm Grove. Our dentist, Dr. Max Meinerz, specializes in teeth whitening and other cosmetic treatments, and our patient reviews speak for themselves!
So whether you’re interested in a simple teeth whitening procedure, or a more comprehensive smile makeover, visit Honest Teeth today. Call us now at (262) 395-7029, or drop by our office at 15255 Watertown Plank Road Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122.