A dental stain is a discoloration of the surface of a tooth, often caused by drinking coffee or smoking tobacco. These extrinsic stains are removable, but the most effective method of whitening will depend upon the extent of the staining. Dr. Wynn Okuda is a dentist in Honolulu, HI. He specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and is happy to discuss teeth bleaching Honolulu and other options for getting rid of dental stains.
Why Professional Teeth Whitening is Better
Although you can use products to whiten your teeth at home, Honolulu dental patients have found that teeth bleaching in the dental office has much better effects than whitening at home. The reason for this is that professional bleaching systems are stronger than home whitening strips and bleaching kits, so they can remove a greater range of stains, making your up to seven shades whiter.
What to Expect from Professional Teeth Bleaching
In-office teeth whitening is not as complicated as you may think. It can take between 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Before commencing your bleaching procedure, your Honolulu dentist will record the current shade of your teeth. Your teeth are then polished to remove any plaque.
In preparation for whitening, Dr. Okuda will pack your mouth with gauze to keep it dry and retractors will prevent your tongue, cheeks, and lips from coming into contact with the bleach solution. A barrier is also placed around your gumline.
The dentist will then coat your teeth with the bleach solution. Usually, the active ingredient is carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Your dentist may use a laser or curing light to activate the peroxide. The solution will remain on your teeth for 30 to 60 minutes.
Once the teeth bleaching Honolulu has reached the desired shade, your dentist will rinse your teeth and apply fluoride to prevent tooth sensitivity. If you have not reached the desired shade, you may have to make additional visits.
If you live in or around Honolulu and would like to find out more about professional teeth bleaching, call Dr. Wynn Okuda at (808) 734-1099.