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Whitening


Although many people are afraid to go to the dentist, tooth whitening remains one of the very few dental procedures that people are happy to come in hoards for.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular, easiest, and affordable cosmetic dental procedure which can improve the look of your teeth dramatically. At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer the services of Dr. Shohreh Sabeti to whiten your teeth.

Why Do You Need Whitening


The outer layer of your teeth is called the enamel. The natural color of your teeth is achieved by the reflection of light, as well as the thickness and smoothness of your enamel.

Your genes affect the density of your enamel. Thin enamel allows the yellowish or grayish color of the underlying dentin to show through. Rough enamel may also affect the scattering of light. Aside from this, a thin biofilm called pellicle is formed on the surface of the tooth.

This film can stain because of:
•  Darkly-pigmented food like blueberries, red wine, coffee, cola, and tea.
•  Using tobacco
•  Not brushing your teeth properly.

These stains are extrinsic stains and can be removed with teeth whitening at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry. Your teeth can also have intrinsic stains. As the name indicates, intrinsic stains appear from inside the tooth.

Some causes may be:
•  Exposure to too much fluoride on your child’s developing teeth.
•  Medications like tetracycline taken by an expecting mother can cause a child to develop dark stains in adulthood.
•  A trauma that results in the damage to the nerve can also darken teeth.

Teeth whitening may not work well on intrinsic stains. Age is another factor that can make your teeth seem less bright.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?


Teeth whitening is one of the simplest cosmetic dentistry procedure. It involves the use of one of two kinds of bleaching agents: hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, we use a concentration of 15% to 43% peroxide in our whitening solutions, depending on how white you want your teeth.

Typically, the longer you keep the solution on your teeth, the whiter your teeth become. However, it is not prudent to keep the gel overly long as it can dehydrate your teeth, irritate the gums and cause tooth sensitivity.

You may need to come in for several sessions to bring your teeth to your preferred whiteness. Sometimes, a laser is shone on the bleaching gel to activate the agents and accelerate the whitening process. In this case, you can see a dramatic difference within just one hour of whitening.

When done correctly, a whitening procedure can result in 5 to 8 times whiter teeth.

Risks of Teeth Whitening


Teeth whitening is a very safe process with almost no risks. However, if the bleaching agent seeps on to your gum, it may inflame them. Some people who have sensitive teeth may also experience some sensitivity during the whitening process. However, these risks are minimal.

If you want your teeth to be whitened, you can call us at (213) 314-0636 today. Remember, though that teeth whitening is not a permanent treatment and will need to be carried periodically for you to retain a bright smile. How long it takes between visits depends on your dietary, hygiene and lifestyle habits as well as age and genetics.

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