How Professional Whitening Can Improve Your Appearance

Teeth tend to become dull or stained over time, even if you practice good oral hygiene. Fortunately, teeth whitening offered by your Okemos, MI, dentist, Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care, can help you brighten your smile.

How professional whitening can improve your appearance

There's certainly no shortage of whitening products online and in the aisles of Okemos drugstores. While these products can be helpful, they don't always produce the expected results.

Using over-the-counter products may take much longer than you anticipated, causing you to give up on whitening your smile. Even worse, some abrasive products can even wear away your tooth enamel and expose the yellower dentin layer underneath.

Professional whitening offers safe, consistent, quick results. In fact, a whitening session at the dental office only takes about an hour. Whitening brightens your teeth by getting rid of the dark pigments that cause stains. The pigments are found in many types of foods, including:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cola and other soft drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Ice pops
  • Candy
  • Berries

Pigments from tobacco products and dark foods and beverages become stuck in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As these pigments collect, your teeth begin to look dull and yellow.

Teeth whitening gets rid of the stains by breaking apart and removing the pigments. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the whitening gel your dentist uses, is a very effective stain buster. Although hydrogen peroxide is also found in over-the-counter gels, your dentist uses a stronger formulation that works quickly and more effectively.

Whitening offers impressive results

When you choose professional whitening, you'll see a definite change in your appearance. It's not unusual to notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in the color of your teeth.

If you prefer, you can also use a take-home kit provided by your dentist. You'll receive custom trays and a supply of whitening gel, which you'll use for several weeks. Whether you choose in-office or at-home whitening, you'll love the way your smile looks after teeth whitening.

Are you ready to give teeth whitening a try? Call your dentist in Okemos, MI, Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care, at (517) 349-9860 to schedule your appointment.