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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
December 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

If you are embarrassed of your yellowed or discolored teeth, a tooth whitening session with your Harrisburg, PA dentist could be just the confidence boost you need. Professionally whitening your teeth can make a monumental difference in your smile. You could walk out of your dentist’s office with teeth up to 10 shades whiter in a single sitting.

How does teeth whitening work? 
The teeth have two outer layers. The enamel is the hard, white layer found on the outside of the tooth. Below the enamel lies the dentin, Teeth Whitening which is softer and more yellow in color. When extrinsic staining, or staining that originates on the enamel, occurs, it is caused by outside elements like coffee, dark colored foods or tobacco smoke. Intrinsic staining, which originates on the dentin layer, is usually caused by trauma to the tooth or the use of certain medications.

Teeth whitening agents use chemical reactions to break the bonds which hold together a stain’s molecules. Since professional whitening sessions are monitored by healthcare professionals, the chemicals used are strong. You will see much greater results in a shorter amount of time after professional whitening as opposed to an at-home whitening kit.

Is teeth whitening safe? 
Substantial testing over the last decade has shown that teeth whitening is safe. Many of the products used show no negative effects on the teeth or gums. You may notice some sensitivity after the procedure, but it will dissipate over the next 48 hours.

What is the procedure like? 
Your dentist sections off the teeth from the rest of the mouth with a dental appliance. He or she then applies whitening agents to the teeth. A special light directed at the teeth speeds up the whitening process. Whitening sessions are usually broken up into 3 segments and last around 45 minutes total. Fresh whitening agents are applied to the teeth between each segment. Once the session is finished, you will see the results immediately.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Ernest Fontaine, DDS in Harrisburg, PA. Call (717) 564-1310 to schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening session today!