Paramount Dental Care
Chinatu Ego-Osuala, DDS
Dentist located in Takoma Park, MD
If you’re looking to light up the room with your smile, you’re not alone. In fact, close to 90% of all dental patients ask about tooth whitening each year, making it one of the most requested dental procedures in the US. Whether your teeth yellowed due to age or diet, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Chinatu Ego-Osuala at Paramount Dental Care in Takoma Park and Silver Springs, Maryland to discuss your teeth whitening options.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What is teeth whitening?
Any process that makes your teeth look whiter is teeth whitening. There are two types of teeth whitening products: bleaching and non-bleaching.
Bleaching products change the natural color of your teeth using bleach and peroxide to remove both deep and surface stains. Non-bleaching products use physical and chemical actions to remove surface stains.
What are the different types of teeth whitening procedures?
There are several types of teeth whitening processes available, including:
Also referred to as chairside bleaching, in-office teeth whitening requires one office visit to Paramount Dental Care. Before applying bleach to your teeth, Dr. Ego-Osuala applies either a protective gel or a rubber shield to protect your gums.
At-Home from Your Dentist
Dr. Ego-Osuala provides a custom-made tray and specific instructions on the proper amount of bleaching solution and for how long you can use the tray at home. While at-home teeth whitening takes longer than in-office methods, this option allows you to do so in the comfort of your home, while still under the guidance of a dentist.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products include the options found online and in your local pharmacy or grocery store. These items include toothpaste and strips that use bleach to whiten your teeth. However, the concentration of bleaching agent found in these products is lower than what Dr. Ego-Osuala uses at Paramount Dental Care.
Before you use an over-the-counter teeth whitening product, discuss your options with Dr. Ego-Osuala and always look for a product with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, since that means it’s safe and effective.
Why is teeth whitening necessary?
Your teeth suffer from two different types of stains:
Caused by trauma, aging, exposure to certain medications, and excessive amounts of fluoride, intrinsic stains form on the interior of your teeth.
Extrinsic stains show on the surface of your teeth and result from extended exposure to dark-colored beverages, like coffee and red wine, foods, and tobacco, as well as routine wear and tear.
If brushing and flossing aren’t keeping your smile bright, call or make an appointment online today to discuss your teeth whitening options with Dr. Chinatu Ego-Osuala at Paramount Dental Care in Takoma Park, Maryland.