The color of a smile is one of its defining attributes. If teeth are dull or stained, even the straightest smiles lose some of their charm. But with so many factors working to dull the color of your teeth, it’s nearly impossible to keep them white, which is why so many people are turning to professional teeth whitening. However, most patients like to be informed before they make a decision about any kind of treatment, so your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, are answering your most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening.
What makes teeth appear yellow?
Several factors can contribute to dull or stained teeth. One of these factors is enamel loss. The layer beneath a tooth’s enamel is called dentin, and it is yellower in appearance than enamel. As we age, we naturally lose some enamel, resulting in teeth that appear yellower.
Another contributor to stained teeth is the consumption of foods and drinks that contain dark pigments. A few examples include soda, coffee, and red wine. These dark pigments are capable of staining teeth, effectively removing the sparkle from your smile.
How long does professional teeth whitening take?
If you choose to receive in-office teeth whitening from your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, your whitening procedure could be as quick as 20 minutes. During whitening treatment, Dr. Wager or Dr. Evans will apply a whitening gel to your teeth and then activate it with an LED light. The results are immediate, and teeth are typically 8-10 shades lighter.
Can I whiten my teeth at home?
Yes. Your Reno cosmetic dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, offer take-home teeth whitening kits. These kits include custom trays and bleaching gel. Treatment requires patients to fill the trays with the gel and wear them for a specified treatment period. Results typically take 2-4 weeks to show their full impact.
Schedule a Visit with Your Reno Dentists
Do you want to put the sparkle back in your smile? Schedule an appointment with your Reno cosmetic dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans today. Contact our 9502 dentist office at 775-829-7700. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.