Spokane Cheney Cosmetic Dentist Discuss Teeth Whitening

Written by Dr. Collins on Jul 5, 2011

Bill was a regular patient at the Spokane Dentist Office, and even though he was diligent about his at-home dental regimen, brushing and flossing routinely, he was not happy with the brightness of his smile. Jim was a two-pack a day smoker for many years. Even though he recently quit smoking he was disappointed that all his efforts to maintain healthy teeth were diminished by the staining caused by years of smoking.
I spent a little time talking to Bill about the fact that all teeth change as we age. Children have bright white because their young enamel has not become worn or cracked; over time, that enamel gets worn down, develops millions of microscopic cracks, and begins to thin. The thinning of the enamel causes the yellowish dentin within the tooth to become more noticeable. The teeth age and many things including different types of food, red wine and coffee can stain teeth over years of indulging in the foods and drinks we enjoy.
Everyone’s teeth will stain, but the good news is that everyone’s teeth can be brightened quickly and effectively in a single trip to the dentist. You can restore your smile to its youthful luster and sparkle in as little as one hour.  Teeth whitening is the easiest, most efficient and effective of all cosmetic dentistry. There are two categories: teeth whitening, which does not involve bleach but merely cleans the surface debris off of the teeth leaving it shinier and whiter; and teeth bleaching, which uses a mild bleaching agent—my office uses Sapphire™ teeth whitening, which is painless—to whiten the teeth by up to seven shades, restoring your yellowed or discolored teeth to their youthful whiteness and brilliance.

Bill was thrilled with the immediate results! I told him that it may take up to two weeks to see the full impact of the whitening. Jim left the Spokane Cosmetic Dentist Office with a big smile, flashing his newly whitened teeth for everyone to see.