Teeth Whitening Overview
If you take a stroll through the oral health section of any pharmacy, you will see many products promising to whiten the teeth. Sadly, most of them are not strong enough to produce the results desired. This is why Carter Yokoyama, DDS in Kailua-Kona, HI offers our patients a variety of teeth whitening treatments.
The reason that your teeth may have discolored can vary widely. It could relate strictly to your lifestyle habits. You might be someone who uses tobacco products throughout the day, and this can cause discoloration of the teeth, as well as other health issues. It could be that you are a big coffee, tea, red wine or cola drinker, and all of these drinks stain the teeth. Perhaps it is just age, and the enamel of your teeth has yellowed over the years. There are also some patients who visit us as their dentist in Kailua-Kona, HI because certain medications have made tooth whitening necessary.
Whatever the reason behind your desire for a whitening treatment, we have several options through our cosmetic dentistry services. They include:
In-office – As a skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Yokoyama will properly prepare your teeth and gums, and then apply the bleaching gel. Activated by a special light fixture, it is able to brighten the smile by several shades in a single visit. It should not cause sensitivity and should last for an extended period of time, as long as you avoid habits that can stain teeth.
At-home – We are also able to provide our patients with easy kits that can be used at home. These will require the creation of customized trays, which we will make for you in the office. The special teeth whitening gel is then put into the trays and you wear them for the appropriate amount of time. These are also ideal to keep on hand to use to extend the life of the in-office whitening.
Clearly, teeth whitening is a wonderful opportunity to improve the look of the smile. We encourage patients to consider it as a finishing touch to a smile makeover or as the end of any cosmetic treatment. It is not a permanent remedy, but you can easily roll teeth whitening into one of your annual general dentistry exams and enjoy a gorgeous smile year round.
If you have additional questions about teeth whitening, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Kailua-Kona, HI office at 808-322-0101. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.