It can be challenging to maintain a white smile when so many factors can stain your teeth, but fortunately, there are steps that you can take to avoid stains, including professional teeth whitening from SC Dental Group here in the Encino, CA area. Read on to learn more about how to keep your smile bright, and contact Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer at SC Dental Group if you are interested in professional whitening treatment.
Tips for Avoiding Stains on Teeth
There are several steps you can take to avoid developing stains on your teeth. One way to maintain a white smile is to practice good oral hygiene habits, which includes flossing regularly and brushing twice every day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Regularly having your teeth professionally cleaned by dental staff can also help keep your smile whiter.
Another way to prevent dental stains is to avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth. Examples include coffee, red wine, cranberry juice/other dark fruit juices, tomato sauce, and certain berries, such as blueberries. Smoking also causes stains, so it is best to avoid it to maintain a white smile.
We offer two convenient teeth whitening options at our Encino office. In-office whitening provides the fastest results, while take-home whitening is convenient and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Both methods deliver professional results and can give you the white smile you desire.
In-office whitening can whiten teeth by several shades in just one treatment. A special hydrogen peroxide gel containing a professional-strength bleaching agent is carefully brushed on the teeth. The gel is left on for about one hour before being removed. During that time, the bleaching agent in the gel gently penetrates the tooth enamel and lifts away stains and discolorations. Immediately after treatment, teeth will be noticeably whiter and brighter.
A professional take-home teeth whitening kit is another effective option for achieving a whiter smile. Some advantages of take-home kits are that you can whiten teeth when it is convenient for you and in the comfort of your own home. Take-home whitening kits include two custom trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth, as well as whitening gel. When you are ready to whiten, simply add gel to each tray and place them on to your teeth for about one hour at a time. Within a few weeks, your smile will be a few shades whiter.
You can maintain a white smile and prevent dental stains by developing good oral hygiene habits and avoiding smoking, as well as certain foods and beverages. However, if stains do develop, teeth whitening can help. Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer can help you choose between in-office or take-home whitening. To learn more about teeth whitening, contact SC Dental Group in Encino by calling (818) 905-5400.