Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatment
Having your teeth professionally whitened by a cosmetic dentist is an extremely easy way to makeover your smile. After having your teeth cleaned to prepare a smooth application surface, the whitener is topically applied to your teeth and left in place for about 30-60 minutes. Some whitening agents require the use of a special light, while others may use whitening trays. After the designated time has past, your teeth will be rinsed.
The whiteners used for teeth whitening treatments are mainly composed of hydrogen peroxide. To whiten teeth, the peroxide initiates a chemical reaction with colored pigments that causes the stains to dissolve and the peroxide to break down into water, which can safely be absorbed by the body. Additionally, teeth whitening can also preserve your enamel by reducing hard brushing techniques that are usually associated with stained teeth.
Affordable Cosmetic Dental Treatment
If you are looking for an affordable way to get a smile makeover, then teeth whitening may just be the best cosmetic dental treatment for you. Unlike other cosmetic dental treatments, teeth whitening has a significantly lower cost. The average cost for cosmetic teeth whitening is $650 when performed in a cosmetic dentist’s office and about $400 for the take-home trays. However, the cost of your whitening treatment will vary depending on various factors.
Removes Superficial and Deep Stains
The whitening agents used for professional teeth whitening treatments are absorbed by both the enamel and dentin layers. This means that superficial and deep stains can be removed during a single whitening treatment. Superficial stains, also known as extrinsic stains, originate primarily from consuming highly pigmented food and beverages. Deeper stains, known as intrinsic stains, are generally the result of age or certain medications.
Makes You Look Younger
Whitening your teeth not only improves the look of your smile and your self-esteem, but it can actually make you look younger. This is because yellower teeth are an indicator of age, just like wrinkles. Teeth yellow with age due to the thinning of enamel that lets the dentin layer to show. Thus, whitening your teeth is similar to getting Botox to eliminate wrinkles.
Dr. John Batlle attended the UF College of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1983. After graduating, he worked for the State of Florida and received his commission in the Navy Reserve Dental Corps. He was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002 where he served as the dentist for Detainee Operations and Navy Hospital GTMO. He recently retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve after 26 years of service.