One key component of a beautiful smile is brightness. If your smile has lost its whiteness or you’ve acquired a few stains, you may be interested in a teeth whitening treatment in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. John S. Ledakis offers an in-office teeth whitening treatment to give you a more beautiful smile. For years, our West Palm Beach, FL dentists have been offering dental services to residents of Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach.
The outermost layer of the tooth is the enamel. This layer is hard and protects the tooth and also gives it its bright and white appearance. Over time, the enamel wears away. A diet that includes acidic foods and drinks can speed up this process. The layer underneath the enamel is called dentin and is more yellow in appearance. As the enamel wears away, the dentin becomes more visible, causing the smile to appear more yellow or duller. The teeth can also become stained by habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco.
You probably have seen a variety of tooth whitening treatments available over-the-counter, from toothpaste and mouthwashes to gels and strips. These treatments address only surface stains, so they are effective, but cannot produce the dramatic results of a professional treatment. An in-office treatment, such as the one you’ll find at Dr. Ledakis’ dentistry, uses a whitening agent that has a higher concentration of the active ingredient (usually hydrogen peroxide) that can penetrate the enamel layer. It breaks up the stains from within the tooth, making them less visible and allowing the natural brightness of the teeth to shine through.
A teeth whitening treatment is a quick and simple process, usually taking less than an hour. It is more effective when the teeth are clean, so you may want to schedule it following a routine cleaning. The whitening gel can irritate the gums if it comes into contact, so a protective gel will be applied to the gums before the whitening solution is applied to the teeth. Once it has been painted on, it will be activated with a special light. This process can be repeated two or three times more until Dr. Ledakis has reached the desired shade of the teeth. You may be provided with a kit to take home in order to maintain your results.
Looking for a dentist near you? Make an appointment at our office in West Palm Beach, FL, for a quick and simple step towards a more attractive smile.