Teeth Whitening

Sac Dentist

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Sacramento, CA

There are many reasons why your teeth might not be as white as you’d like them. Whether it be from coffee, cigarettes, or just your genetic disposition, dark, stained, or yellow teeth don’t have to be a permanent fixture in your mouth. The dental experts at Sac Dentist in Sacramento offer custom-made bleaching trays that whiten your teeth and improve the radiance of your smile. If you’d like to restore the shine to your smile, make an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why do my teeth need whitening?

There are many reasons why your teeth might become stained, discolored, or dull. Some of the major culprits are:

  • Tobacco use, such as smoking or chewing
  • Consuming foods or drinks with dark pigments, such as coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Certain medications, like those for high blood pressure or chemotherapy
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Age

Genetics also play a role in the color of your teeth. Staining tends to show up more prominently in people whose enamel is more porous or transparent.

Eventually, surface stains reach beneath your enamel and reach the next layer of your teeth, called dentin. Discoloration in your dentin is much more difficult to eliminate.

What are the available teeth whitening options?

Many teeth whitening solutions can restore the luster to your smile, such as special toothpaste and over-the-counter gels and strips, but Sac Dentist prefers to treat their patients with custom-made take-home bleaching trays.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry considers custom bleaching trays to be the safest and most effective method for whitening your teeth. Custom-made trays perfectly fit the shape and contour of your teeth, ensuring that the whitening gel stays in the trays and in contact with your teeth. Over-the-counter gels and strips aren’t designed for your particular set of teeth, which can lead the whitening gel to leak out, irritating your gums and diminishing the effectiveness of the procedure.

How do I get my teeth whitening trays?

If you’ve decided that you want to brighten your smile, schedule an appointment with the team at Sac Dentist. When you come in the office, your dentist makes an exact impression of your teeth using a thick liquid substance and a molding tray. They send that impression to a lab, where it’s used to make a whitening tray that’s designed to fit perfectly in your mouth and around your teeth.

Once your plastic tray is ready, all you have to do is fill it with a small amount of bleaching solution, affix it to your teeth, and wear it for a specified amount of time each day, typically an hour. Depending on your target and current shade of teeth, your teeth should reach their optimal whiteness within a few weeks!

To get on the path to a luminous smile, make an appointment today with the team at Sac Dentist by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.