Professional teeth whitening has smiles gleaming in San Francisco
Your smile makes a powerful first impression, and it is often your most memorable characteristic. Dr. Terri Nguyen and Dr. Laura Huynh keep smiles sparkling with professional teeth whitening. Patients in the San Francisco area trust West Portal Dentistry for safe, low-sensitivity treatment and excellent whitening results.
Types and causes of dental stains
There are basically three types dental stains:
Extrinsic stains are pigments that settle into the outer layer of tooth structure from:
- Red wine
- Dark berries
- Smoking or smokeless tobacco
Basically, any food or beverage that might stain a white tee-shirt will discolor teeth. Good daily hygiene removes some of it, but stains work their way deep into microscopic tubules in enamel.
Intrinsic stains occur when the inner structure of teeth darken from:
- Excess fluoride
- Tetracycline (an antibiotic)
As tooth enamel thins over time, the yellowish layer of dentin underneath becomes visible, resulting in age-related discoloration.
An effective combination approach
Drug stores aisles are full of products that claim to whiten teeth. They may provide some improvement. However, they could contain abrasives that scratch enamel, actually contributing to dingy tooth color. No over-the-counter remedy can match the whitening power of professional treatment, for effective results on all three types of stains. Plus, you have oversight from a team of trained dental professionals.
The dentists at West Portal Dentistry use a combination approach for the whitest smiles with the lowest risk of sensitivity. KöR deep bleaching treatment begins with an in-office laser whitening procedure that takes about an hour. The patient is also provided with custom-fit trays for at-home whitening. Trays are filled with prescription-strength gel and worn overnight. A special buffering ingredient ensures comfort. Once desired results are achieved, trays can be worn periodically to keep the smile bright.
For teeth whitening in San Francisco, contact West Portal Family Dentistry. The number is (415) 604-9292.