In our culture, shiny, white teeth are instinctively associated with youth, robust health, and affluence. Why? Because in mankind’s past, a bright smile was a privilege accessible only to those who had plenty of nourishing food – strong hunters and gatherers, and the upper social cast. Fortunately, today virtually anyone can enjoy oral wellness, as well as a dazzling smile with professional teeth whitening at John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport Beach, CA.
How the process works
Though tooth enamel seems pearly smooth, it is covered with tiny pits, grooves, and channels called tubules. Molecules of pigment from dark colored foods and beverages, and from tobacco products, get trapped in these microscopic contours. While brushing removes some surface stains, bristles are too large to dislodge embedded pigments. Teeth have a yellowish layer of dentin beneath enamel. It can show through as enamel thins over the years. In addition, trauma and some medications can leave deep internal discoloration.
Dr. Ravera uses non-abrasive, natural teeth whitening processes that do not harm enamel. A medical grade peroxide formulation undergoes a chemical reaction when exposed to air, creating oxidation that lifts pigments from enamel. The teeth bleaching agent also penetrates dentin, lightening it. Teeth can also be lightened using a modern diode laser, which enhances the speed and effectiveness of whitening procedures. This technique also allows Dr. Ravera to whiten individual teeth.
Patients in Newport Beach, CA have options in professional teeth whitening
Maybe you have a job interview, class reunion, or big date in the near future. Laser teeth whitening is a good choice. This quick teeth whitening system uses light activation to speed up the chemical reaction, for a dramatically brighter smile in about an hour.
Dr. Ravera also offers teeth whitening for sensitive teeth. He takes impressions of your mouth to create application trays. They fit comfortably to keep the bleaching gel on tooth surfaces and off of soft tissues. The strength of the product and wearing schedule are customized to minimize your risk of sensitivity. A buffering agent can also be added.
Is teeth whitening safe? Regardless of whether you choose fast in-office whitening or the gentle take-home method, at John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry you have the oversight of a trained dental team. We provide guidance on the best way to whiten teeth, tailored not only to your mouth, but also to your lifestyle and budget so that you find the teeth whitening cost affordable.
Call 949-877-3606 to get your smile glowing.