istock 881722918Although this holiday season won’t be the usual free-for-all of parties, dinners, and get-togethers thanks to this stubborn virus, you’ll still be seeing family and friends on a more, uh, distanced scale. So why not dazzle them with a bright white smile courtesy of our Opalescence Teeth Whitening treatment at Dental Arts of Hedgesville?

Come in today and we’ll get you all set for our professional at-home whitening, just in time for the festivities.

Why do I need teeth whitening?

Our tooth enamel may seem impenetrable, and indeed it is the hardest material in the human body, but it is also somewhat porous. This allows it to accumulate stains. When your teeth become stained to the point where you notice it, or when you feel they are looking dingy and dull, it could be time to come see us at Dental Arts of Hedgesville for teeth whitening.

There are two types of staining that affect our teeth. The more prevalent type of staining happens in the outer enamel, where pigmented residue from food and drinks lodges in the enamel. Over time, this builds up, and the teeth become dull. The other form of staining is interior staining. This occurs in the dentin, the tooth layer beneath the enamel. Teeth whitening cannot do anything about this form of staining; only applying a veneer, bonding, or a crown can mask interior staining.

These are the culprits behind your stained teeth:

  • Foods — Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, even dark chocolate all contain pigments that can make their way into tooth enamel.
  • Drinks — Coffee, tea, red wine, darker fruit juices, and cola drinks leave stains.
  • Smoking — Nicotine makes the enamel yellow.
  • Genes — Darker enamel tones are usually genetic.
  • Drugs — Tetracycline was a popular antibiotic in the 60s, but it was found to make the dentin in teeth grey. There are now recommendations to not use tetracycline with children due to this problem.
  • Fluorosis — If a person has too much fluoride, or if it is ingested, it can cause fluorosis, which stains the teeth a grey color. This is very rare.

How does Opalescence Teeth Whitening whiten my teeth?

The active ingredients in Opalescence whitening gels pass into your teeth to oxidize the discolored molecules deep down in the enamel, removing the particles of pigment and whitening the tooth color. This is similar to the way detergent removes stains from a shirt. Opalescence uses a patented formula containing potassium nitrate and fluoride. This is sticky and viscous, so when it contacts the tooth surfaces when you wear your custom fit at-home whitening trays it stays on the surface and gets to work removing stains. After 30 minutes you remove the trays, rinse your mouth, and you’re done for the day. After 10 to 14 days, your teeth will be many shades whiter and dazzling.

What kind of results can I expect from my Opalescence Teeth Whitening?

You can expect your teeth to become many shades whiter. How white they become depends on the Opalescence concentration you’ve chosen, your unique tooth enamel, and other factors. You can expect teeth that are anywhere from five to nine shades whiter.

Ready to dazzle them this holiday season? Call us at Dental Arts of Hedgesville, (304) 754-8803, and set up an appointment for Opalescence Teeth Whitening.

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